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Title: Display of Erudition in the Periphery of the Graeco-Roman World
Subtitle: The Example of P. David 14
Author(s): KOROLI, Aikaterini
Journal: Ancient Society
Volume: 49    Date: 2019   
Pages: 123-140
DOI: 10.2143/AS.49.0.3286883

Abstract :
The present article offers a philological analysis of P. David 14, a private letter dated to the second century ad. This letter is of particular interest because of the vocabulary as well as the rhetorical and stylistic devices used, the majority of which are literary and philosophical. The analysis of the text consists of locating motifs and linguistic elements pointing to literary works. The elaboration of style and the density of literary loans along with other linguistic properties indicate that the text was written by a local scholar, who consciously displays his familiarity with literature. The style of the letter reflects the spirit of the Second Sophistic.

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