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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 Ambrose of Milan

The Letter Collection of Ambrose of Milan

(p.146) Nine The Letter Collection of Ambrose of Milan
Late Antique Letter Collections

Gérard Nauroy

, Cristiana Sogno, Bradley K. Storin, Edward J. Watts
University of California Press

Ambrose’s letter collection has been transmitted through two distinct manuscript traditions: 1) a collection of 77 letters divided into 10 books, and 2) a collection of 15 letters that survives as the “extra collection” transmitted in a few manuscripts. The original order of the letters has been modified by later anthologies and florilegia, and the first printed editions followed the first manuscript tradition, and the Maurists have divided the letters into ten books, but according to date. Ultimately, the original order cannot be discerned, and yet the self-presentation that emerges from the letter collection is one of minister, exegete, episcopal authority, and guardian of orthodoxy.

Keywords:   Gérard Nauroy, Ambrose of Milan, Latin letters, allegory

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