By Edmund P. Cueva, Shannon N. Byrne
This better half addresses a subject of constant modern relevance, either cultural and literary.
- Offers either a wide-ranging exploration of the classical novel of antiquity and a wealth of shut literary analysis
- Brings jointly the main up to date foreign scholarship at the old novel, together with clean new educational voices
- Includes targeted chapters on person classical authors, similar to Petronius, Xenophon and Apuleius, in addition to a wide-ranging thematic analysis
- Addresses complicated questions referring to authorial expression and readership of the traditional novel form
- Provides an complete advent to a style with a emerging profile
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Of course, Chariton manipulates homunculi in the grip of love or, in the case of minor characters, personal gain or ambition, but he has to be acknowledged as a skilled puppeteer. Minor characters too are given meticulous attention. ). 2). We are never actually told, and will never know, whether these two made Theron’s final selection. There are carefully contrived cameo roles too for Dionysius’ servant Leonas and his steward Phocas’ wife, Plangon, who play a key part in contriving Callirhoe’s bigamous marriage to Dionysius in the first place.
Lower ranks are thoroughly despised, none more so than the eunuch Artaxates, who brings out Callirhoe’s most feisty gestures of defiance. 2). Here, as so often, Chariton’s interest in human motivation overrides mere caricature. ” Women are women first and foremost, and so they must gossip and be emotional to the last. On the other hand, the King of Egypt is treated with total n eutrality, since Chaereas conveniently allies to him. Readership The readership of Chariton cannot be divorced from that of the ideal novels in general.
Dion 3; cf. ); and the layers of historical veneer have been steadily mounting (Plepelits 1976, 14–19; Hägg 1987; Hunter 1994, 1056–1064 among others). Hunter (1994, 1056) notes the progressive deviation from historically not quite compatible names Hermocrates and Artaxates (Mnemon) and his wife Stateira to simply plausibly historicizing ones. That is all that is needed to pull off the stroke of marrying off Hermocrates’ daughter, who did indeed marry a Dionysius, to a Chaereas who smartly combines feats of Xenophon, Leonidas, Chabrias, Alcibiades, and Alexander the Great, all in pursuit of a love affair in which he has so far been almost an arch-weakling!
A Companion to the Ancient Novel by Edmund P. Cueva, Shannon N. Byrne