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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 John Chrysostom

The Letter Collection of John Chrysostom

(p.190) Twelve The Letter Collection of John Chrysostom
Late Antique Letter Collections

Daniel Washburn

University of California Press

The letters of John Chrysostom form a distinctive collection, which John may have published to compensate for the loss of his pre-exilic epistolary archives. The letters conjure images of life at the frontier of the Roman Empire and allude to the physical and emotional challenges of exile, but are not meant to document John’s daily life. In fact, the letters center on a limited set of aims and fall for the most part into one of two categories: pastoral activity and social networking. The extant collection does not merely preserve the letters John wrote in exile. Rather, a process of selection and organization took place between the letters’ composition and their coalescence into a collection.

Keywords:   John Chrysostom, Epistolary archives, Greek Letters, Olympias

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