Ancient Greek Novels: The Fragments by Susan A. Stephens, John J. Winkler

By Susan A. Stephens, John J. Winkler

The fresh discovery of fragments from such novels as Iolaos, Phoinikika, Sesonchosis, and Metiochos and Parthenope has dramatically elevated the library catalogue of historical novels, calling for a clean survey of the sphere. during this quantity Susan Stephens and John Winkler have reedited all the identifiable novel fragments, together with the epitomes of Iamblichos' Babyloniaka and Antonius Diogenes' Incredible issues past Thule. meant for students in addition to nonspecialists, this paintings presents new variants of the texts, complete translations at any time when attainable, and introductions that situate every one textual content in the box of historic fiction and that current suitable history fabric, literary parallels, and attainable traces of interpretation.

Collective examining of the fragments exposes the inadequacy of many at present held assumptions in regards to the historic novel, between those, for instance, the paradigm for a linear, more and more complicated narrative improvement, the inspiration of the "ideal romantic" novel because the regular norm, and the character of the novel's readership and cultural milieu. as soon as perceived as a overdue and insignificant improvement, the radical emerges as a relevant and revealing cultural phenomenon of the Greco-Roman global after Alexander.

Originally released in 1995.

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These latter represent scenes from the novel or from a mime that must at least indirectly have been derived from the novel. THE PLOT The surviving fragments clearly display the three features that we associ­ ate with this type of ancient fiction: fine writing, chaste lovers of high station yearning for marriage, and dramatic adventures. The author avoids hiatus, uses clausulae, and generally stays within the confines of Attic vocabulary. 28-30, 32) and a wide variation of ver­ bal moods. 6). I).

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