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Today, different kinds of epistles are known:
- The epistles of an apostle to a community of Christians, as they can be found in the New Testament are generally known as epistles. Amongst the best known of these are the Pauline epistles.
- The epistles of Cicero, and of Pliny the Younger tell a lot about life at the time of the Romans. Ovid produced a number of letters while he was in exile at coast of the Black Sea, Seneca's letters influenced many epistle-writers of later times.
- Sometimes, the parts of the Bible that are read during liturgy are referred to as epistles.
- A novel that is mainly written in the form of an exchange of letters is known as epistolary novel