The letters of Alciphron, Aelian and Philostratus

with an English translation by Allen Rogers Benner and Francis H. Fobes

The "Letters" of Alciphron (second century CE) constitute one of the most attractive products of the Second Sophistic. They are fictitious compositions based on an astonishingly wide variety of circumstances, though the theme of erotic love is constantly sounded. The imagination shown by the author and his convincing realism win him a place of distinction in the early development of romantic prose. The letters, which are highly literary, owing much to the New Comedy of Menander, purport to give us a sketch of the social life of Athens in the fourth century BCE. The collection is arranged in four divisions: Letters of Fishermen; Farmers; Parasites; Courtesans. Senders and addressees are mostly invented characters, but in the last section Alciphron presents us with several attempts at historical fiction, the most engaging being an exchange of letters between Menander and Glycera. This volume also includes twenty "Letters of Farmers" ascribed to Aelian ("c."170235 CE) and a collection of seventy-three "Erotic Epistles" of Philostratus (probably Flavius of that name, also born "c." 170 CE). In style and subject matter these resemble those of Alciphron, by whom they may have been influenced.

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書名 The letters of Alciphron, Aelian and Philostratus
著作者等 Aelian, 3rd cent.
Benner, Allen Rogers
Fobes, F. H.
Philostratus, the Athenian, 2nd/3rd cent.
Benner A.R.
Fobes F.H.
書名別名 Alciphron, Aelian, Philostratus : the letters
シリーズ名 The Loeb classical library
出版元 W. Heinemann;Harvard University Press
刊行年月 1949
ページ数 xi, 587 p.
大きさ 17 cm
ISBN 0434993832
NCID BA00905428
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言語 古典ギリシア語(1453年まで)
原文言語 古典ギリシア語(1453年まで)
出版国 イギリス