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Byzantine letters have been viewed by Byzantinists as significant artefacts of Byzantine literature that offer a glimpse into Byzantine society. Composed in an elaborate prose style and influenced by epideictic rhetoric, such letters have the potential to shape events outside the text. They were carried by letter-bearers and often accompanied by poems, perfumes, food, or gifts. Letters of various kinds were cast in epistolary form, such as Photios's Bibliotheca, and generally preserved as single sides of a correspondence. This article focuses on epistolography during the Byzantine Era. After providing a background on the theory of the letter, it looks at Byzantine letter-writing.
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