A Companion to the Ancient Novel (Blackwell Companions to by Edmund P. Cueva, Shannon N. Byrne

By Edmund P. Cueva, Shannon N. Byrne

This better half addresses a subject matter 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 updated overseas scholarship at the old novel, together with clean new educational voices
  • Includes concentrated chapters on person classical authors, resembling Petronius, Xenophon and Apuleius, in addition to a wide-ranging thematic analysis
  • Addresses confusing questions referring to authorial expression and readership of the traditional novel form
  • Provides an entire advent to a style with a emerging profile

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The central altar stresses Dionysus’ centrality, depicting his career, from birth through struggle to triumph. This violence, so different from the delightful harmony of Philetas’ garden, points to the brutal and tragic aspects of life that the Dionysic drama makes comprehensible. This garden seems a “silent, sterile” place, where the birds do not chirp as in Philetas’ bower. However, note how Pan, who is closely associated with Dionysus, is there, playing silent music, that is, the music of the imagination, where aesthetic objects are made.

Cultural Norms and Ethos The social hierarchies of the story are insisted upon and yet subverted throughout. ” In general, there is a sense that Eros is in charge of the plot, and is able to rewrite the rules whenever an opportunity presents itself. Moreover the human characters tend to be governed by a defensive sort of jealousy: Chaereas’ own suspicions are easily fuelled by the slanders about Callirhoe in Book 1, and Dionysius is even more inclined to feel insecure, especially once Chaereas is known to be in Asia.

P. 1988. Callirhoe. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press. Hägg, T. 1983. The Novel in Antiquity. Oxford: Basil Blackwell. Hägg, T. 2004. Parthenope: Selected Studies in Ancient Greek Fiction (1969–2004), edited by Lars Boje Mortensen and Tormod Eide. Copenhagen: Museum Tusculanum Press, University of Copenhagen. Holzberg, N. 1995. The Ancient Novel: An Introduction. London: Routledge. Laplace, M. 1980. ” Revue des études grecques, 93: 83–125. Lücke, C. -H. Schäfer. 1985. Kallirhoe. Leipzig: Belletristik, Reclams Universal-Bibliothek.

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