The Novel in the Ancient World: Revised Edition

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From classics and history to Jewish rabbinic narratives and the canonical and noncanonical gospels of earliest Christianity, the relevance of studying the novel of the later classical periods of Greek and Rome is widely endorsed. Ancient novels contain insights beyond literary theories and philosophical musings to new sources for understanding the popular culture of antiquity. Some scholars, in fact, refer to ancient novels as “alternative histories,” for they tell history implicitly rather than with the intentional biases of the historian. The Novel in the Ancient World surveys the new approaches and insights to the ancient novel and wrestles with issues such as the development, transformation, and christianization of the novel (Spirit-inspired versus inspired by the Muses).

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780391041349
  • Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/1/2003
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 876
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.64 (d)

Meet the Author

Gareth Schmeling is Professor of Classics, University of Florida.
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Table of Contents

1 Preface 1
2 The Genre: Novels Proper and the Fringe 11
3 The Rise of the Greek Novel 29
4 The Ancient Readers of the Greek Novels 87
5 Popular and Sophisticated in the Ancient Novel 107
6 Characterization in the Ancient Novel 115
7 Mystery Religions, Aretalogy and the Ancient Novel 131
8 Women in the Ancient Novel 151
9 A Study on the Margin of the Ancient Novel: "Barbarians" and Others 209
10 The Social and Economic Structure of the Ancient Novels 221
11 Modern Critical Theories and the Ancient Novel 277
12 Major Authors: Greek and Roman 307
A Chariton 309
B Xenophon of Ephesus 336
C Longus, Daphnis and Chloe 361
D Achilles Tatius 387
E Heliodoros 417
F The Satyrica of Petronius 457
G Apuleius' Metamorphoses 491
H Historia Apollonii Regis Tyri 517
13 Novel-like Works of Extended Prose Fiction I
A Lucian's Verae Historiae 555
B The Truth and Nothing but the Truth: Dictys and Dares 563
C Xenophon of Athens: the Cyropaedia 581
D The Metamorphoses of the Alexander Romance 601
E Philostratus on Apollonius of Tyana: the Unpredictable on the Unfathomable 613
14 Novel-like Works of Extended Prose Fiction II 619
A Utopias and Fantastic Travel: Euhemerus, Iambulus 621
B History: Ctesias 629
C Fable: Aesop. Life of Aesop 633
D Rhetoric: Dio Chrysostom 640
E Letters: Chion 645
15 Fragments of Lost Novels 655
16 The Ancient Novel Becomes Christian 685
17 The Byzantine Revival of the Ancient Novel 713
18 The Heritage of the Ancient Greek Novel in France and Britain 735
19 The Nachleben of the Ancient Novel in Iberian Literature in the Sixteenth Century 775
20 Maps 801
Bibliography 815
Index 865
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