Chapter 19. Tradition, Innovation, and Epistolary Mores

  1. Philip Rousseau
  1. Jennifer Ebbeler Assistant Professor

Published Online: 9 MAR 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444306101.ch19

A Companion to Late Antiquity

A Companion to Late Antiquity

How to Cite

Ebbeler, J. (2009) Tradition, Innovation, and Epistolary Mores, in A Companion to Late Antiquity (ed P. Rousseau), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444306101.ch19

Editor Information

  1. Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Early Christian Studies, The Catholic University of America, USA

Author Information

  1. University of Texas, Austin, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 9 MAR 2009
  2. Published Print: 30 JAN 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405119801

Online ISBN: 9781444306101



  • tradition, innovation, and epistolary mores;
  • collections of letters by Demosthenes, Plato, Aristotle, Isocrates, and Epicurus - known in antiquity;
  • late antique literary practices with roots in Greco-Roman world;
  • Paul's pastoral letters;
  • individual letter collections - value of uniting awareness of historical context with sensitivity to texts';
  • censure, friendship, and letter-writing


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Censure, Friendship, and Letter-Writing

  • The Honeyed Sword

  • Inventing Christian Letters

  • Bibliographical Note