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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

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

Andrew Morrison

Oxford University Press

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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