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The Ancient Novel

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This widely acclaimed text offers an introduction to the subject and presents an overview of the latest research. Substantially updated and expanded from the very successful German edition of 1986.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780203974605
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • Publication date: 12/15/1994
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 508 KB

Table of Contents

Author's note
1 The Genre 1
A conventional plot: Xenophon's Ephesiaca 1
The surviving texts 6
Ancient labels 8
Characteristics of the idealistic and comic-realistic novels 9
The fringe: other novel-like literature of antiquity 11
A definition of the genre 26
2 The Rise of the Genre 28
Theories on the origins 28
The novel as a product of political, social and cultural upheavals 29
The novel as 'closet drama' and 'bourgeois prose epic' 32
The novel's ancient readership 33
Novel and historiography 35
Ninus 38
Sesonchosis 39
A genre is born 41
3 The Idealistic Novel in Early Imperial Times 43
Chariton, Callirhoe 43
Other novels in historical dress: Parthenope, Chione, Calligone 48
A string of adventures: Xenophon of Ephesus, Ephesiaca 51
Lollianus, Phoenicica 54
An attempt to diversify: Antonius Diogenes, The Wonders Beyond Thule 57
4 The Comic-Realistic Novel 61
A Greek comic-realistic novel in prose and verse: Iolaus 62
Topsy-turvy world: Petronius, Satyrica 63
Appearances and reality: the Greek Ass Romance 72
Satire, Platonism and mysteries: Apuleius, Metamorphoses 77
5 The Idealistic Novel in the Age of the Second Sophistic 84
Wallowing in lurid effects: Iamblichus, Babyloniaca 85
Adding the human touch: Achilles Tatius, Leucippe and Clitophon 87
Sexual psychology and bucolic paradise: Longus, Daphnis and Chloe 93
Acme of narrative technique: Heliodorus, Aethiopica 99
Select bibliography 106
Index 127
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