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The Author's Voice in Classical and Late Antiquity$
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Anna Marmodoro and Jonathan Hill

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199670567

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199670567.001.0001

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Authorship and authority in Greek fictional letters

Authorship and authority in Greek fictional letters

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(p.286) (p.287) 10 Authorship and authority in Greek fictional letters
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The Author's Voice in Classical and Late Antiquity
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Andrew Morrison

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199670567.003.0011

This chapter examines the ways in which four different pseudonymous letter-collections (those attributed to Plato, Xenophon, Solon, and Euripides) portray themselves as the work of their purported famous authors; how the authority of individual letter- and wider collections depends on the creation of an impression of authorship by a particular historical individual; and the functions to which the authority so created are put. The chapter focusses on how the theme of authenticity is important in these texts, and how they have a complex relationship with mainstream biographical traditions about their purported authors. The picture that emerges points to a sophisticated conception of authorship and provides important evidence for the relationship of the narrating voice of a text and its supposed author in antiquity.

Keywords:   pseudepigraphy, plato, xenophon, solon, and euripides

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