Abstract

This paper investigates the privileged but fraught relationship between historiography and epistolography in the tradition of senatorial letter writing and explores the role that the ghost of Cicero’s letters plays in shaping that tradition. Even though Cicero is often invoked as the unachievable example, his letters became the model against which later letter-writers redefined the boundaries of the genre and of their own epistolary project. In so doing, they were able to offer new epistolary models to future generations of letter-writers.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1942-1273
Print ISSN
1939-6716
Pages
pp. 201-222
Launched on MUSE
2014-12-18
Open Access
No
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