Collected Ancient Greek Novels

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Bryan P. Reardon
University of California Press, 2008 - History - 827 pages
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Prose fiction, although not always associated with classical antiquity, did in fact flourish in the early Roman Empire, not only in realistic Latin novels but also and indeed principally in the Greek ideal romance of love and adventure to which they are related. Popular in the Renaissance, these stories have been less familiar in later centuries. Translations of the Greek stories were not readily available in English before B.P. Reardon's excellent volume.

Nine complete stories are included here as well as ten others, encompassing the whole range of classical themes: ideal romance, travel adventure, historical fiction, and comic parody. A new foreword by J.R. Morgan examines the enormous impact this groundbreaking collection has had on our understanding of classical thought and our concept of the novel.
 

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A good collection of ancient novels. You can dispute what got included and what didn't--I wish it had dug deeper, and omitted more commonly available material—but the result is comprehensive and satisfying. Introductions are good. Read full review

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I found the general introduction mind numbingly boring, and it almost put me off from an otherwise wonderful book. Read full review

Contents

Chariton CHAEREAS AND CALLIRHOE
5
Xenophon of Ephesus AN EPHESIAN TALE
125
Achilles Tatius LEUCIPPE AND CLITOPHON
170
Longus DAPHNIS AND CHLOE
285
Heliodorus AN ETHIOPIAN STORY
349
PseudoLucian THE
589
Lucian A TRUE STORY
619
PseudoCallisthenes ALEXANDER ROMANCE
650
Anonymous THE STORY OF APOLLONIUS
736
SUMMARIES
773
Iamblichus A BABYLONIAN STORY
783
FRAGMENTS
799
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B.P. Reardon is Professor Emeritus of Classics at the University of California, Irvine. J.R. Morgan is Professor of Greek at Swansea University.

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