Letters and Communities: Studies in the Socio-Political Dimensions of Ancient Epistolography

ISBN : 9780198804208

Paola Ceccarelli; Lutz Doering; Thorsten Fogen; Ingo Gildenhard
384 ページ
156 x 234 mm

In the ancient world, letter-writing not only forged connections between individuals, but also helped to construct and cultivate group-identities and communities. This volume establishes the interface of epistolary discourse and group formation as a vital but hitherto neglected area of research and explores the interrelation of letters and communities in case studies covering four key cultural configurations: Greece, Rome, Judaism, and Christianity. Drawing on the expertise of a wide range of scholars across a variety of fields, it offers a multi-disciplinary approach to the socio-political dimensions of letter-writing in the ancient world.


List of Contributors
0 Paola Ceccarelli, Lutz Doering, Thorsten Fogen, and Ingo Gildenhard: Introduction
A: Theory and Practice of Epistolary Communication
1 Thorsten Fogen: Ancient Approaches to Letter-Writing and the Configuration of Communities through Epistles
2 Bianca-Jeanette Schroder: Couriers and Conventions in Cicero's Epistolary Network
B: Configurations of Power and Epistolary Communication: From Greece to Rome
3 Sian Lewis: Tyrants, Letters, and Legitimacy
4 Manuela Mari: Powers in Dialogue: The Letters and diagrammata of Macedonian Kings to Local Communities
5 Paola Ceccarelli: Letters and Decrees: Diplomatic Protocols in the Hellenistic Period
6 Robin Osborne: Letters, Diplomacy, and the Roman Conquest of Greece
7 Ingo Gildenhard: A Republic in Letters: Epistolary Communities in Cicero s Correspondence, 49-43 BCE
C: Letters and Communities in Ancient Judaism and Early Christianity
8 Sebastian Gratz: The Literary and Ideological Character of the Letters in Ezra 4-7
9 Philip Alexander: 'From me, Jerusalem, the Holy City, to you Alexandria in Egypt, my Sister ....' (Bavli Sanhedrin 107b): The Role of Letters in Power Relations between 'Centre' and 'Periphery' in Judaism in the Hellenistic, Roman, and Early Islamic Periods
10 Lutz Doering: Configuring Addressee Communities in Ancient Jewish Letters: The Case of the Epistle of Baruch (2 Baruch 78-86)
11 John M. G. Barclay: The Letters of Paul and the Construction of Early Christian Networks
12 Karl-Wilhelm Niebuhr: The Communities Configured in the Letter of James
D: Envoi
13 Catharine Edwards: Conversing with the Absent, Corresponding with the Dead: Friendship and Philosophical Community in Seneca's Letters
General Index
Index locorum
Index of Authors


Paola Ceccarelli is Lecturer in Classical Greek History at University College London. Before joining UCL in 2015, she held university posts in Switzerland (Lausanne, 1991-93), Italy (L'Aquila, 1994-2006), and England (Durham, 2006-12), as well as research fellowships in France (EHESS, 2009), the United States (Center for Hellenic Studies, 1998-99), Germany (Konstanz, 2009; Heidelberg, 2011), and Cambridge (2013-2015). Her main areas of interest include concepts of space and identity in the ancient world, ancient performance culture, and Greek historiography, and she is currently working on an edition, including translation and commentary, of the Seleukid Royal Correspondence.; Lutz Doering is Professor of New Testament and Ancient Judaism at the University of Munster and heads the Institutum Judaicum Delitzschianum, an institute dedicated to research on Judaism in antiquity and Christian-Jewish relations. Previously, he taught at the University of Jena (1999-2003), King's College London (2004-2009), and Durham University (2009-2014); in 2011/12, he held an AHRC Research Fellowship and in 2014/15 he was a Fellow at the Israel Institute for Advanced Studies, Jerusalem. Since 2014, he has led a project within the Munster Cluster of Excellence, 'Religion and Politics', on integration and diversification in Palestinian Judaism during the Hellenistic-Roman period, focusing both on the Dead Sea Scrolls and on the early history of the synagogue.; Thorsten Fogen is Associate Professor (Reader) in Classics at Durham University. Previously he taught at the Humboldt University of Berlin (2002-09. He held research fellowships at the Center for Hellenic Studies in Washington, D.C. (2005/06), the University of California, Los Angeles (2007/08), the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study (2015/16), and the 'Internationales Kolleg Morphomata' at the University of Cologne (2016/17). His research focuses on Latin literature, especially from the late Republic until the early Empire, with particular interests in ancient technical texts, epistolography, animals in antiquity, and the history of linguistic ideas.; Ingo Gildenhard is Reader in Classics and the Classical Tradition at the University of Cambridge and a fellow of King's College. Before taking up his current post he also taught at King's College London (1999-2006) and Durham University (2006-2012), and held research fellowships at Clare Hall, Cambridge (2006) and the University of Konstanz (2009); from 2009-12, he was the recipient of a major research fellowship of the Leverhulme Trust. His research interests cover the fields of Latin literature (especially Cicero, Virgil, and Ovid), Roman culture, and the classical tradition, on which he has (co-)authored and edited several volumes and articles.