The Novel in the Ancient World

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Gareth L. Schmeling
BRILL, 1996 - History - 876 pages
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This is the second publication in Brill's handbook series "The Classical Tradition," The subject of this volume is that group of works of extended prose narrative fiction which bears many similarities to the modern novel and which appeared in the later classical periods in Greece and Rome. The ancient novel has enjoyed renewed popularity in recent years not only among students of literature, but also among those looking for new sources on the popular culture of antiquity and among scholars of religion. The volume surveys the new insights and approaches to the ancient novel which have emerged form the application of a variety of disciplines in the recent years. The 25 senior scholars contributing to the volume are drawn from a broad range of European and North American traditions of scholarship. Chapters cover the important issues dealing with the novel, novelists, novel-like works of fiction, their development, transformation, Christianisation and Nachleben, as well as a broad range of matters, from literary/philological to cultural/historical and religious, which concerns modern scholars in the field. This publication has also been published in paperback, please click here for details.
 

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Contents

Preface
1
Novels Proper and the Fringe
11
The Rise of the Greek Novel
29
The Ancient Readers of the Greek Novels
87
Popular and Sophisticated in the Ancient Novel
107
Characterization in the Ancient Novel
115
Mystery Religions Aretalogy and the Ancient Novel
131
Women in the Ancient Novel
151
H Historia Apollonii Regis Tyri
517
A Lucians Verae Historiae
555
the Cyropaedia
581
The Metamorphoses of the Alexander Romance
601
the Unpredictable
613
Euhemerus lambulus
621
Ctesias
629
Dio Chrysostom
640

The Social and Economic Structures of the Ancient Novels
221
Modem Critical Theories and the Ancient Novel
277
A Chariton
309
B Xenophon of Ephesus
336
Longus Daphnis and Chloe
361
Achilles Tatius
387
E Heliodoros
417
F The Satyrica of Petronius
457
G Apuleius Metamorphoses
491
Fragments of Lost Novels
655
The Ancient Novel Becomes Christian
685
The Byzantine Revival of the Ancient Novel
713
The Heritage of the Ancient Greek Novel in France and Britain
735
The Nachleben of the Ancient Novel in Iberian Literature
775
Bibliography
815
Index
865
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About the author (1996)

Gareth Schmeling, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, taught at the University of Virginia, University of Colorado, and is currently Professor of Classics, University of Florida. With J.P. Sullivan he founded the Petronian Society and since 1970 he has edited the "Petronian Society Newsletter." For many years he has been interested in the ancient novel and has written several books in the area - "Chariton" (1974), "Xenophon of Ephesus" (1980), "A Bibliography of Petronius" (1977), "Historia Apollonii Regis Tyri" (1988) - together with numerous articles. At present he is working on a commentary on Petronius' "Satyrica."