Universität Rostock, 2020
Abstract: The work shows that epistolary advice in Rome of the Late Republic and Early Imperial Period is subject to specific norms. Through a linguistic approach, the speaker's formulation possibilities are captured more systematically than before. The analysis of these utterances and the strategies of politeness on the basis of four letters (Cic. Q. fr. 1,1; Epistulae ad Caesarem; Plin. Epist. 8,24) finally reveals the existence of the sub-genre "letter of advice" and enables its demarcation from similar text types (handbook, philosophical teaching letter).
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