By Edmund P. Cueva, Shannon N. Byrne
This significant other addresses an issue 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 foreign scholarship at the historical novel, together with clean new educational voices
- Includes centred chapters on person classical authors, corresponding to Petronius, Xenophon and Apuleius, in addition to a wide-ranging thematic analysis
- Addresses confusing questions touching on authorial expression and readership of the traditional novel form
- Provides an entire creation to a style with a emerging profile
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However, in fact, this serves to ignite the whole action: without the rivalry between the couple’s fathers Hermocrates and Ariston, there would be no initial difficulty to afflict the lovers and paradoxically hasten their marriage. The Literary Texture It was until quite recently assumed that Chariton presented an unsophisticated simplicity tailored to a very simple and undemanding readership. That is now no longer tenable as a point of view: the texture of quotation and allusion is substantial (Hunter Chariton 17 1994, 1056–1071 passim) without being stiflingly learned.
This contrast can also be observed in Dio of Prusa’s Hunters of Euboea, one of the many works of an era that showed an increased interest in country life (Effe 1999, 196–200). These works express the sense that urbanites have been cut off from the natural world, its gods, and its harmonies, corrupted by the artificialities of human culture, and their longing for some return. However, in Daphnis and Chloe, the city–country opposition is lessened by details that undercut claims that his rustics are significantly morally superior (Saïd 1999, 98–104).
10). 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.