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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 Theodoret of Cyrrhus

The Letter Collection of Theodoret of Cyrrhus

(p.269) Seventeen The Letter Collection of Theodoret of Cyrrhus
Late Antique Letter Collections

Adam M. Schor

University of California Press

Of the 233 letters directly attributed to Theodoret and the 22 that he likely co-wrote, 61 are preserved amid various records, whereas the rest survive in two single-author texts: Sirmondiana and Patmensis. How Theodoret’s letters were first gathered remains opaque. Theodoret never mentions assembling his letters, but it is likely that his office archived the letters he received and sent. Our ignorance about Theodoret’s letter archive extends to its early transmission, and no manuscripts of his letters predate 1000 CE. It is reasonable to assume that medieval collators and collectors crafted Theodoret’s two surviving collections, which were drawn from a larger archive that may have coalesced in Constantinople. These manuscripts supplied rhetorical models to medieval epistolographers, but they also constructed Theodoret as a sympathetic figure worthy of memory.

Keywords:   Adam Schor, Theodoret, Greek letters, Sirmondiana, Patmensi

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