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Late Antique Letter CollectionsA Critical Introduction and Reference Guide$
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Cristiana Sogno, Bradley K. Storin, and Edward J. Watts

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780520281448

Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520281448.001.0001

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The Letter Collection of Ausonius

The Letter Collection of Ausonius

(p.131) Eight The Letter Collection of Ausonius
Late Antique Letter Collections

Charles N. Aull

University of California Press

The fourth century poet Ausonius wrote many letters in both verse and prose, but difficulties associated with the transmission of his extant works prohibit satisfactory arrangements in modern editions. Even the inclusion or exclusion of certain letters has proven to be remarkably varied. This chapter surveys the problems that have obstructed our understanding of Ausonius’ letters and posits that any modern arrangement of the letters remains tenuous. New approaches are needed. Toward that end, it will consider the organization and meaning of theoretical letter groupings that may have existed within the larger design and it will also explore the relationship of letters commonly included under the rubric of an “epistolary collection” to those commonly excluded.

Keywords:   Charles Aull, Ausonius of Bordeaux, Latin letters, manuscripts

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