Many books and papers on epistolary literature have been published during the last decade, but none of them is specifically dedicated to Alciphron’s Letters. studies of his collection generally focus on intertextuality or on the sources of individual letters, discuss priority between Alciphron and Lucian, or consider the work in a rather documentary way. Among the most prominent writers of fictional epistolography who are his near contemporaries (such as Philostratus and Aelian), Alciphron seems to be the least valued, and many regard him as a ‘cursed rhetor’ (Vieillefond), a disappointing and decadent heir, only able to mimic an artificial version of classical Athens in a laborious, if not unskilled manner.
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ORGANIZADOR/ORGANIZER/ORGANIZZATORE: Michèle Biraud (BCL-UMR 7320, Université Nice Sophia Antipolis, IUF) ; Arnaud Zucker (CEPAM-UMR 7264, Université Nice Sophia Antipolis)
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