Chariton of Aphrodisias and the Invention of the Greek Love Novel

Hardcover | May 8, 2010

byStefan Tilg

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The best known variety of the ancient novel - sometimes identified with the ancient novel tout court - is the Greek love novel. The question of its origins has intrigued scholars for centuries and has been the focus of a great deal of research. Stefan Tilg proposes a new solution to thisancient puzzle by arguing for a personal inventor of the genre, Chariton of Aphrodisias, who wrote the first Greek (and, with that, the first European) love novel, Narratives about Callirhoe, in the mid-first century AD. Tilg's conclusion is drawn on the basis of two converging lines of argument,one from literary history, another from Chariton's poetics, and will shed fresh light upon the reception of Latin literature in the Greek world.

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The best known variety of the ancient novel - sometimes identified with the ancient novel tout court - is the Greek love novel. The question of its origins has intrigued scholars for centuries and has been the focus of a great deal of research. Stefan Tilg proposes a new solution to thisancient puzzle by arguing for a personal inventor...

Stefan Tilg is Research Fellow of the Swiss National Science Foundation.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:360 pagesPublished:May 8, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199576947

ISBN - 13:9780199576944

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. Chariton of Aphrodisias3. Other Early Novelists4. Novel Poetics5. Novelty6. Narrative7. Rumour8. Virgil9. Conclusion