Ioana Costa, Epistolography: Tristia 1.1

Ovidian Epistolography: Tristia 1.1
Ioana Costa

Abstract:  Ovid‟s  opening  poem  of  Tristia  collection  (1.1)  is  a  beseeching  for  his absolution; as a literary piece of work, the text is charming and perfectly articulated. Most of its coherence proceeds from the enactment of an  authentic  epistolary construction, with surprising casting: the common roles – author,  addressee, intermediate – are well defined and   then   redefined,   mixed   up,   adorned   with   precise   details   known   from   ancient epistolography, that has to be understood in its precise frame and, again, in its poetic usage. Reading Tristia 1.1 as a letter multiplies the literary beauty of the poem (that was, all the same, ineffective for its exiled author).

Keywords: antiquity, Ovid, epistolography, author, letter, formulae, addressee, courier.

To cite the article: Ioana Costa, (2012) ,”Ovidian Epistolography: Tristia 1.1″ International Journal of Cross-Cultural Studies and Environmental Communication NO. 1 2012, Vol. 1 Iss: 1, pp. 41 – 53

Ioana Costa is Professor of Classical Philology (Latin Historical Phonetics, Indo-European  Comparative  Linguistics,  Ancient  Epistolography),  at  the University of Bucharest, since 1990. Her publications include monographs, translations/editions of major Latin and Greek works, studies (Neflexibile indo-europene (Indo-European Inflexibilia), 1999; Fonetică istorică latină (Latin  Historical Phonetics) 2003, 2008; Textele antice şi transmiterea lor (Ancient  Texts  and their Transmission) 2008, 2011, Papirus, pergament, hîrtie.  Începuturile  cărţii  (Papyrus,  Parchment,  Paper.  Book  Inception), 2011, Pliny the Elder, Naturalis historia (6 vol., 2001-2004); Seneca, Opera philosophica (6 vol., 1999-2008); Septuagint, NEC-Polirom (8 vol., 2004-2011);   Cato,   De   agri   cultura,   2010,   Jerome,   Vitae   (Pauli,   Malchi, Hilarionis), 2012.

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