The Novel in Antiquity

The Novel in Antiquity

by Tomas Hagg

Hardcover(English ed.)



Tracing the development of Greek romances from 200 B.C. through twelfth-century Byzantium, Tomas Hägg analyses the content, plot and narrative techniques of the ancient novel, and explores the social and literary milieu in which the genre flourished.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780520049239
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 07/08/1983
Edition description: English ed.
Pages: 276
Product dimensions: 6.31(w) x 9.32(h) x 0.82(d)

About the Author

Tomas Hägg is Professor of Classical Philology at the University of Bergen.

Table of Contents

Note on Terms, Names and Historical Periodsxi
IThe Novel in Antiquity--a Contradiction in Terms?1
IIThe Ideal Greek Novel5
Chariton: Chaereas and Callirhoe5
The Ninus, Sesonchosis and Parthenope Romances17
Xenophon: An Ephesian Tale18
Iamblichus: A Babylonian Tale32
The Sophistic and the Non-Sophistic Novel34
Longus: Daphnis and Chloe35
Achilles Tatius: Leucippe and Clitophon41
Heliodorus: An Ethiopian Tale54
The Byzantine Revival73
IIIThe Social Background and the First Readers of the Novel81
Hellenistic Society82
The Birth of the Novel87
The First Readers90
The Novels as Mysterientexte?101
The Greek Cultural Revival of the Imperial Period104
IVThe Literary Pedigree of the Novel109
The Epic110
Fantastic Travel Tales117
The Marvels beyond Thule118
Erotic Poetry121
VFrom Historical Novel to Medieval 'Popular Book'125
The Alexander Romance of Pseudo-Callisthenes125
King Alexander in the Middle Ages140
The Troy Romances of Dictys and Dares143
King Apollonius of Tyre147
VIThe New Heroes: Apostles, Martyrs and Saints154
Paul and Thecla154
The Pseudo-Clementines, a Christian Novel162
Hagiographic Novels164
VIIThe Roman Comic Novel166
Petronius: Satyricon168
The Greek Story of the Ass176
Apuleius: Metamorphoses181
VIIIThe Renaissance of the Greek Novel192
More, or Less, Faithful Translations192
From Imitation to Emulation195
Cervantes: A Northern Tale201
Racine in the Monastery School205
The Latecomers: Xenophon and Chariton210
Longus, Goethe's Favourite212
Pictorial Supplement: Daphnis and Chloe in the Mirror of Art214
AppendixThe Text's Progress228
Further Reading235
List of Illustrations251

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