Ancient Narrative

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Vol. 10, Annual

Les Beaux Principes: Du Discours a L'action Dans le Satyricon De Petrone
Le roman antique se caracterise par une forte concentration de scenes dialoguees, a travers lesquelles l'action se deroule. Parfois, ces repliques constituent de veritables discours, semblables a ceux auxquels les eleves s'exercaient dans les ecoles...
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The Ephesiaca as a Bildungsroman
Because of its apparent lack of sophistication the Ephesiaca of Xenophon of Ephesus has long been seen as the exception in the novelistic corpus. (1) However, scholars have recently reassessed its literary status and this novel is now considered fully...
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Apuleius' Metamorphoses and Jewish/Christian Literature
Possible Allusions to Christians in Metamorphoses 6 to 10 Vincent Hunink has argued that Apuleius probably had some knowledge of Christianity, and that his antipathy toward it may be shown in his trial for witchcraft by his sympathetic attitude...
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International Conferences on the Ancient Novel (ICAN): The Intellectual Growth of an Idea, the Explosion of a Movement
On 12-17 July 1976, at University College of North Wales, Bangor, B.P. Reardon organized ICAN I. After the conference he edited a volume entitled Erotica Antiqua (1977), which was a record of the opening session plus dinner and speaker; the names of...
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Jonas Grethlein and Anionios Rengakos (Eds.), Narratology and Interpretation: The Content of Narrative Form in Ancient Literature
JONAS GRETHLEIN and ANIONICS RENGAKOS (eds.), Narratology and Interpretation: The Content of Narrative Form in Ancient Literature. 2009. Pp. VII, 630. Walter De Gruyter. 99.95 [euro] (Hardcover) ISBN 9783110214529 The pioneering work done in the...
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B. Pouderon, C. Bost-Pouderon (Eds.), Passions, Vertus et Vices Dans L'ancient Roman
B. POUDERON, C. BOST-POUDERON (eds.), Passions, vertus et vices dans l'ancient roman 2009. Pp. 458. Maison de l'Orient et de la Mediterranee-Jean Pouilloux. Paperback. 38 [euro] ISBN 9782356680082 This massive volume is the outcome of the...
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Lara Nicolini, Ad (L)usum Lectoris: Etimologia E Giochi Di Parole in Apuleio
LARA NICOLINI, Ad (l)usum lectoris: etimologia e giochi di parole in Apuleio. 2011. Pp. 220. Patron Editore. Paperback, 18 [euro]. ISBN 9788855531085 Dedicare un volume intero, e non propriamente breve, ai giochi di parole di Apuleio potrebbe...
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G.A. Karla (Ed.), Fiction on the Fringe. Novelistic Writing in the Post-Classical Age
G.A. KARLA (ed.), Fiction on the Fringe. Novelistic Writing in the Post-Classical Age Mnemosyne Supplements, 310 Pp. XXI, 194. Leiden--Boston: Brill, 2009. Hardback. 99 [euro] ISBN 978-9004-17547-1 Naturlich fuhle ich mich dadurch geehrt,...
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Giulio Vannini, Petronii Arbitri, Satyricon' 100-115. Edizione Critica E Commento
GIULIO VANNINI, Petronii Arbitri, Satyricon' 100-115. Edizione critica e commento Beitrage zur Altertumskunde 281 Pp. 377. Berlin: de Gruyter, 2010. Hardback, 99,95 [euro]. ISBN 978-3-11-024091-7 Das Abfassen von Forschungsberichten konnte...
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T. Whitmarsh (Ed.), the Cambridge Companion to the Greek and Roman Novel
T. WHITMARSH (ed.), The Cambridge Companion to the Greek and Roman Novel 2008, pp. xv, 392. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Hardback, $107.00 ISBN 978-0-521-86590-6 Tim Whitmarsh, the editor of The Cambridge Companion to the Greek and...
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Tim Whitmarsh, Narrative and Identity in the Ancient Greek Novel. Returning Romance
TIM WHITMARSH, Narrative and Identity in the Ancient Greek Novel. Returning Romance 2011, pp. xii + 299. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 60 [pounds sterling]. --ISBN 978-0-521-82391-3 Tim Whitmarsh's new book will strike some familiar...
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S.M. Trzaskoma (Trans.), Two Novels from Ancient Greece. Callirhoe and an Ephesian Story
S.M. TRZASKOMA (trans.), Two Novels from Ancient Greece. Callirhoe and An Ephesian Story 2010, pp. xxxvii, 195. Indianapolis: Hackett Publishing Company. Paper $13.95 ISBN 9781603841924 "The aim of an edition such as the present one is...
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Giovanni Garbugino, la Storia Di Apollonio Re Di Tiro. Introduzione, Testo Critico, Traduzione E Note a Cura Di Giovanni Garbugino
GIOVANNI GARBUGINO, La storia di Apollonio re di Tiro. Introduzione, testo critico, traduzione e note a cura di Giovanni Garbugino Studi e Ricerche, 90 2010. 164 pp. Alessandria: Edizioni dell'Orso. 16,00 [euro] ISBN: 978-88-6274-251-1...
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Kirichenko, A., A Comedy of Storytelling, Theatricality and Narrative in Apuleius' Golden Ass
KIRICHENKO, A., A Comedy of Storytelling, Theatricality and Narrative in Apuleius' Golden Ass Bibl. d. klass. Altertumswiss. Heft 127 2010. XII, 248 pp. Heidelberg: Universitatsverlag Winter. 45. [euro] For Kirichenko Apuleius' Metamorphoses...
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Vol. 9, Annual

The Anabasis of Chaereas and Callirhoe
I. Introduction Scholars have long acknowledged that there is an intertextual relationship between Chariton's Callirhoe and the works of Xenophon, including the Anabasis. (1) The journey of the novel's heroine to Babylon (begun in 4,7,5) has even...
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Mythos, Fiktion, Geschichte: Ein Beitrag Zum 'Realismus' der Antiken Romane
1. Einleitung Als der erste antike Romancier den ersten antiken Roman schrieb, existierte wahrscheinlich schon ein rhetorisches System, das die literarische Erzahlung in drei verschiedene Kategorien einteilt. Es ist zuerst beim Anonymus ad Herennium...
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A Pepaideumenoi's Novel. Sophistry in Longus' Daphnis and Chloe
1. Introduction It has been widely recognized that the 'genre' (1) of the ancient Greek romance displays some tendencies that are also characteristic of the broader cultural climate of Imperial Greek literature, which has conventionally been labelled...
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Kinky Stories from the Rostrum: Storytelling in Apollodorus' against Neaira
I. Forensic storytelling Modern citizens of Western societies are entangled in a paradox: while their rationalisations concerning the dispensation of justice lead them to assume that courts investigate the truth exclusively on the basis of solid...
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Michael Paschalis, Stelios Panayotakis and Gareth Schmeling (Eds.): Readers and Writers in the Ancient World Ancient Narrative Supplementa 12
Michael Paschalis, Stelios Panayotakis and Gareth Schmeling (eds.): Readers and Writers in the Ancient World Ancient Narrative Supplementa 12 2009. Pp. XVIII , 286. Groningen: Barkhuis & Groningen University Library Hard cover 87.00 [euro] ISBN...
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F. Gasti (Ed.): Il Romanzo Latino: Modelli E Tradizione Letteraria Atti Della VII Giornata Ghisleriana Di Filologia Classica (Pavia, 11-12 Ottobre 2007)
F. GASTI (ED.): Il romanzo latino: modelli e tradizione letteraria Atti della VII giornata ghisleriana di filologia classica (Pavia, 11-12 ottobre 2007) 2009. Pp. 138. Pavia: Ibis. Paperback: 15.00 [euro] ISBN 978-88-7164-323-6 Occuparsi di un volume...
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Giovanni Garbugino: Studi Sul Romanzo Latino
GIOVANNI GarbuginO: Studi sul romanzo latino Alessandria, Edizioni dell'Orso, Studi e Ricerche 85 2010. VIII, 121 pp. 16,00 [euro] ISBN 978-88-6274-213-9 L'opera raccoglie cinque saggi di diversa ispirazione, gia pubblicati o in corso di pubblicazione,...
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Stefan Tilg, Chariton of Aphrodisias and the Invention of the Greek Novel
STEFAN TILG, Chariton of Aphrodisias and the Invention of the Greek Novel 2010, pp. 343. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 60.00 [pounds sterling] ISBN 978-0-19-957694-4 "The ancients tended to posit a pr[bar.o]tos heuret[bar.e]s even in areas where...
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Vol. 8, Annual

Text Networks
Semel locutus est Deus duo haec audivi quia potestas Dei et tibi Domine misericordia quia tu reddes unicuique iuxta opera sua. Unum locutus est Deus duo haec audivi quia imperium Dei est et tibi Domine misericordia quia tu reddes...
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'My Soul, Consider What You Should Do': Psychological Conflicts and Moral Goodness in the Greek Novels
Introduction Psychological conflicts are a topos of the Greek novels. Time and again characters are shown to feel contrary feelings and to think contrary thoughts at once. Such conflicts, however, do not have all the same ethical purport. Consider...
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An Ass from Oxyrhynchus: P.Oxy. LXX.4762, Loukios of Patrae and the Milesian Tales
The rubbish dumps of Oxyrhynchus have gradually supplied scholars of the ancient novel with ever new evidence of hitherto unheard-of novels, (2) and there has always been the hope that one day a piece of 'Loukios of Patrae''s Metamorphoseis might emerge....
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Different Drinking Habits: Satirical Strategies of Self-Fashioning in Antonine Ego-Narrative
Introduction This paper aims to explore some parallels and contrasts between two contemporary Latin texts, Gellius' Noctes Atticae and Apuleius' Metamorphoses, as forms of satirical self-display through ego-narrative. My point of departure for this...
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Libellus Non Tam Diserte Quam Fideliter Scriptus? Unreliable Narration in the Historia Augusta
I. Introduction "Ask an historian to explain something and they will usually tell you a story." (1) The general observation behind Geoffrey Roberts' pointed comment that every historian, if he wants to communicate historical knowledge beyond mere...
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Vol. 7, Annual

The Silence of Semiramis: Shame and Desire in the Ninus Romance and Other Greek Novels
Introduction In fragment A of the Ninus Romance, a richly rewarding text for both the literary critic and the cultural historian, Ninus and his beloved cousin Semiramis each in turn seek parental consent for their marriage. (1) Although they...
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Ancient Personality: Trait Attributions to Characters in Homer's Iliad
Introduction Personality and character description has been documented in different ways. One general understanding of the so-called psycho-lexical approach (De Raad, 2000) is that personality traits are documented in our lexicon, practically...
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'The (Un)happy Romance of Curleo and Liliet' Xenophon of Ephesus, the Cyropaedia and the Birth of the 'Anti-Tragic' Novel
In his classic book on the late Roman Empire, (1) John Bagnell Bury devotes a few illuminating words to Xenophon of Ephesus and his novel: "The story of Abrocomas and Antheia is the story of the adventures and misfortunes of a pair of married...
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Apuleius and the New Testament: Lucius' Conversion Experience
We have reason to trust Apuleius. The picture which he draws us is very remarkable...His [Lucius'] devotion is the devotion of a man delivered from evil straits: it is an outpouring of love and gratitude. (1) A.D. Nock's "trusting" of Apuleius...
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Vol. 5, Annual

Anseres [Sacri]: Restrictions and Variations in Petronius' Narrative Technique
1. Introduction Towards the end of the extant portions of the Satyrica, the protagonist, Encolpius, becomes afflicted with a case of impotence. Left alone in the hut of an old priestess who had promised to cure him, he finds himself the victim of...
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Petronius' Satyrica 24.7: Quartilla's Asellus
In chapters 16-26 of Petronius' Satyrica, the trio of Encolpius, Ascyltus, and Giton receive a visit from Quartilla, a priestess of Priapus, because they, uninitiated into the cult of Priapus, had recently witnessed illicitly rites conducted by Quartilla....
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Love and Murder: Two Textual Problems in Xenophon's Ephesiaca
I offer below two emendations of passages in the third book of Xenophon's Ephesiaca. In the first, scholars have long perceived a difficulty, and various conjectures have been proposed as a remedy. I believe, however, that not only are these proposals...
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The Ancient Novels and the New Testament: Possible Contacts
Late in the reign of Nero, in Rome, Petronius, a member of the so-called 'Neronian Circle' and Nero's arbiter in matters of taste or arbiter elegantiarum, wrote his novel, Satyricon. It was during the time of, or soon after, the first Christian persecution,...
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Comparing Social Inequality in the Satyrica and Egalia's Daughters
Introduction In 1977 a relatively unknown Norwegian author, Gerd Brantenberg, published a satire, Egalia's Daughters, which quickly became an international best-seller and established her as one of the most influential Scandinavian authors of the...
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Vol. 6, Annual

Apollo's Oracle in Euripides' Ion Ambiguous Identities in Fifth-Century Athens
Prelude This article contributes to our understanding of Greco-Roman narrative a case study of how traditional and authoritative narratives were challenged during the late fifth century BC. (1) It looks at Euripides' Ion as an example of an author...
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Maecenas and Petronius' Trimalchio Maecenatianus
This paper examines Petronius' use of Maecenas as a model for specific behaviors and traits that Trimalchio exhibits throughout the Cena. At first glance Seneca's distinct portrait of an effeminate Maecenas ruined by his own good fortune seems to have...
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The Sublime and the Bovine: Petronius' Satyricon and Gustave Flaubert's Madame Bovary
Gustave Flaubert's masterpiece Madame Bovary has been compared to the great classics of world literature. (1) Flaubert himself acknowledges his debt to many precursors, including a Roman author, Petronius, who wrote his novel Satyricon under the reign...
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Narcissistic Fraud in the Ancient World: Lucian's Account of Alexander of Abonuteichos and the Cult of Glycon
A single, but rather detailed, account of a newly formed cult and its leader survives from the ancient world, written by a rhetorician named Lucian of Samosata (now Samsat, Turkey). He is born around the year 120 A.D., lives for periods of time in...
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Callisthenes in Achilles Tatius' Leucippe and Cleitophon: Double Jeopardy?
Introduction In his novel Leucipppe and Cleitophon Achilles Tatius has two characters with the name Callisthenes. This is remarkable, not to say downright peculiar, yet it is a fact which has received remarkably little attention. (1) No other extant...
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Vol. 4, Annual

Apuleius and Carthage
After his trial at Sabratha in 158/159 Apuleius of Madauros appears to have settled in the city of Carthage. There, chiefly it seems in the decade of the 160s, he delivered a series of public speeches which now are known from a collection of twenty-three...
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Der Prolog der Metamorphosen Des Apuleius Als Spiegel Des Gesamtwerkes
1. Einleitung Betrachtet man die Vielzahl z.T. kontrarer Interpretationen, die der Prolog der Metamorphosen erfahren hat, (1) so scheint es sich mit ihm so zu verhalten wie mit jenem Orakelspruch, welchen die korrupten Priester der Dea Syria im...
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Music and Immortality: The Afterlife of Achilles in Philostratus' Heroicus
Of all the rewritings of epic tradition which Philostratus undertakes in the Heroicus,(1) one of the most striking is his depiction of Achilles. While Achilles still has his Homeric and Cyclic character as the great Achaean warrior, son of the sea-goddess...
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The Wisdom of Egypt: Base and Heavenly Magic in Heliodoros' Aithiopika
Introduction Among the extant ancient Greek novels, the Aithiopika is striking for the quantity of magic it contains, yet there has been a dearth of concerted research on the subject, save for considerations of the ways in which magic contributes...
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Roman Fever: Petronius' Satyricon and Gore Vidal's the City and the Pillar
"'Here's a book,' said he, taking one from his bosom, 'written with great elegance and spirit, and though the subject may give offense to some narrow-minded people, the author will always be held in esteem by any person of wit and learning.' So saying...
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J. Martos: Las Metamorfosis O El Asno De Oro. Introduccion, Texto Latino, Traduccion Y Notas. Vol. I (Books 1-3) and II
J. MARTOS: Las Metamorfosis o El Asno de Oro. Introduccion, Texto Latino, Traduccion y Notas. Vol. I (Books 1-3) and II (Books 4-11). Pp. CLV + 68 (Vol. I) and 226 (Vol. II). Madrid: Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas, 2003. Hardback,...
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Vol. 3, Annual

The Masculinity of Hippothoos
Introduction Hippothoos in Xenophon's Ephesiaka presents the reader with a puzzling set of attributes. He is a ruthless bandit who in the end settles down for a quiet life in the city. He repeatedly threatens the life and chastity of the heroine...
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Xenophon of Ephesus and Orality in the Roman Empire
Of the five authors of the so-called novels of "love and adventure" perhaps the least studied is Xenophon of Ephesus. This is so because, ever since the Suda attributed ten books to the Ephesiaca while the text of the novel contains just five, Xenophon...
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A Re-Examination of Some Structural Problems in Achilles Tatius' Leucippe and Clitophon
This paper is concerned with some structural problems in Achilles Tatius' Leucippe and Clitophon. These were formerly ascribed to authorial incompetence, but as the study of Achilles Tatius has made progress in the past twenty years, especially from...
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Nicolaus Reads Euphiletus: A Note on the Nachleben of Lysias 1
Konstantinos Kapparis has recently examined possible echoes of Lysias 1 in Chariton's Chaereas and Callirhoe. (1) While the parallels cited by Kapparis are problematic, (2) an as yet unnoticed recollection of Lysias 1 in the first century BC does suggest...
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Benefits and Moral Development in Apuleius' Metamorphoses
The world of the Metamorphoses 1-10 is not a pretty one, being full of treachery, robbery, exploitation, and cruelty. Evil or unpleasant characters and situations outnumber the positive ones. Nevertheless, people do show kindness, generosity, loyalty,...
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"The Only Wife Worth Having"? Marriage and Storytelling in Apuleius' Metamorphoses
In this paper I will argue that the two themes in its title--"Marriage" and "Storytelling"--are vital to an understanding of Apuleius' novel, and are to a certain extent inextricable from one another. Much has already been written on the complexities...
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Maladie D'amour et Diagnostic Medical: Erasistrate, Galien et Heliodore d'Emese, Ou Du Recit Au Roman
Sans vouloir relancer le debat sur la datation des Ethiopiques, nous souhaiterions resituer l'oeuvre d'Heliodore a la fois dans le champ litteraire et dans le champ scientifique, en partant d'un passage precis, celui ou le medecin Acesinos revele a...
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Sacrificing the Family: Christian Martyrs and Their Kin
One of the many complaints brought against Christians by the second-century polemicist Celsus was that in their zeal for gaining converts Christian evangelists of low estate habitually ensnared young children of better background and turned them against...
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I. Ramelli: I Romanzi Antichi E Il Cristianesimo: Contesto E Contatti
I. RAMELLI: I romanzi antichi e il Cristianesimo: contesto e contatti (Graeco-Romanae Religionis Electa Collectio (GREC) 6). Pp. 300. Madrid: Signifer Libros, 2001. Paperback, 30,00 [euro]. ISBN 84-931207-9-0. Since the period when the ancient novels...
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D. Van Mal-Maeder: Groningen Commentaries on Apuleius-Apuleius Madaurensis Metamorphoses-Livre II-Texte, Introduction et Commentaire
D. van Mal-Maeder: Groningen Commentaries on Apuleius--Apuleius Madaurensis Metamorphoses--Livre II--Texte, Introduction et Commentaire. Pp. XI + 488. Groningen: Egbert Forsten, 2001. Hardback,70 [euro]. ISBN 90 6980 130 2. The beginning of the...
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Vol. 2, Annual

Editorial Note
The editors herewith present the second volume of Ancient Narrative, in which the articles and reviews that were pre-published in electronic version on the website of our journal during 2002, are collected and printed. Our sincere thanks go to all...
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Utopian Themes in Three Greek Romances
Among scholars of Classics the study of utopian themes in the Greco-Roman world tends to focus on those ideal states imagined by philosophers like Plato or Zeno, utopian novellas such as those of Iambulus and Euhemerus; those near-utopias of the legendary...
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Il Mimo Tra 'Consumo' E 'Letteratura': Charition E Moicheutria
I mimi popolari del Charition e della Moicheutria, risalenti a un periodo oscillante tra I e II secolo d.C. e tramandati rispettivamente dal recto e dal verso del papiro di Ossirinco 413, (1) costituiscono un significativo esempio di quella che e comunemente...
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The Chronology of the Earlier Greek Novels since B.E. Perry: Revisions and Precisions
This paper first revisits the problem of the chronology of the early Greek novels. The texts at issue are the Ninus romance, the Chaereas and Callirhoe of Chariton, the Ephesiaca of Xenophon, and the Metiochus and Parthenope romance. I then add some...
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From the Marginals to the Center: Olga Freidenberg's Works on the Greek Novel
[ILLUSTRATIONS OMITTED] Olga Freidenberg: Image and Heritage You see two faces of the same person--Olga Freidenberg born 1890. The first one is of a young and carefree woman before her becoming a great scholar and a philosopher. The other one...
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The Satyrica of Petronius as a Roman Palimpsest
Roman literature is possibly the most palimpsestuous of literatures. (1) So much so that lovers of Roman letters have had to fight off the unwanted comparison with Roman plastic arts where, as is well known, there are no originals. A series of famous...
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Latinising the Novel. Scholarship since Perry on Greek 'Models' and Roman (Re-)Creations
1. Introduction This paper discusses some aspects of what I would call 'latinising' the novels: the ways some Latin authors, motivated and inspired--among other things--by Greek fictional material, created novels of their own. (1) These texts often...
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Constructing Apuleius: The Emergence of a Literary Artist
This paper aims to be both a contribution to the history of scholarship and a stimulus to further research. In it I seek to follow some key themes in the scholarly reception of Apuleius' Metamorphoses before and after the work of Ben Edwin Perry, and...
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Tale of Aristomenes: Declamation in a Platonic Mode
Summary This paper suggests sources for Apuleius' Tale of Aristomenes. The many legal references in the tale are consistent with its close resemblance to plots outlined by Cicero in De Inventione and De Divinatione; in both plots one of two travelers...
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Ancient Novel and Prose Fiction: Bibliography of Translations, Commentaries and Studies by Russian Scholars
This Bibliography includes works of the scholars of the former USSR in different languages and some works of Russian scholars published in Western languages. The bibliography is compiled by Nina V. Braginskaia (Moscow) for AN and the Web bibliography...
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Giovanni Reale, Botticelli. Botticelli. la "Primavera" O le "Nozze Di Filologia E Mercurio"? Rilettura Di Carattere Filosofico Ed Ermeneutico del Capolavoro Di Botticelli Con la Prima Presentazione Analitica Dei Personaggi E Dei Particolari Simbolici
In quest'opera Giovanni Reale, il quale, oltre a essere uno dei maggiori studiosi del pensiero antico, e anche acuto interprete di arte rinascimentale, (1) sviluppa con dovizia e finezza argomentativa l'ipotesi che il quadro botticelliano generalmente...
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