Andrew Cain envisages two audiences for his book: "Hieronymists and scholars of the Latin epistolographic
tradition" as well as "those who cultivate interests broadly in the literature, religion, history, culture, and law of the late antique world" (v).
He shows that in addition to being a summa of epistolographic
erudition, presented in a very allusive and subtle manner, it defends the fundamental stylistic heterogeneity of the letter.
Moving away from content to issues of epistolographic
style, we come across the sole notable omission in The Letters of Khwaja 'Ubayd Allah Ahrar.
51 stresses the virtues of epistolographic
concision and clarity.
(44) Petrarch simultaneously bridged the gap between late Republican Rome and fourteenth-century Italy, wrote himself into the Latin epistolographic
tradition, and reasserted the primacy of Cicero.
John Hagge (1989b) locates several of the general principles of modern business writing - for example, adaptation to the audience, and conversational tone - in the epistolographic
, or letter-writing, tradition of early Greece and Rome.
There follows a most useful critique of recent scholarly approaches to the integrity of Philippians, including those driven by rhetorical, text-linguistic, and epistolographic
concerns, concluding that questions of religious and social background bear more reliable fruit for the interpretation of Paul's letters than do rhetorical and linguistic methods (p.
Petrarch's "relocation" of inquiry to the familiar realm of letter writing was misused by epistolographic
manuals and letter writers (even by Erasmus); Cusanus' work on semiotics and language theory and Valla's work on grammar, rhetoric and metaphysics were misappropriated by sixteenth-century "methodological humanism"; Machiavelli's tough "strategy of projecting adjacent, possible worlds" was misapplied by his critics and successors; and Montaigne's explorations of personal belief (especially in relation to group beliefs) were misconstrued by later philosophers such as Descartes and Pascal.
Similar themes emerge in Arnaud's study of Peletier's courtly and epistolographic
I would argue that the very uniformity of the principles I have shown to exist through a 2000-year-old epistolographic
tradition suggests that they do not.
More insistently nationalistic than Spenser, Drayton also captures Ovid's seriousness in his Heroical Epistles overtly modeled upon Ovid's epistolographic
persona creation in the Heroides.