This anthology of articles on the Roman novels of Petronius and Apuleius makes available some of the most useful and important articles published in German and Italian as well as English over the last thirty years. The introduction, by the editor, provides a general assessment of all scholarly work written about the texts from the 1900s to the 1990s, setting the papers usefully in context. The articles in this collection which concern the work of Petronius include a general interpretation of a fragmentary and problematic text, exploration of narrative technique, relation to Menippean satire and recently discovered Greek novel papyri, and realism. On Apuleius, the collection includes pieces on narrative and ideological unity, relation to religion and Platonism, exploration of narrative technique, relation to epic and to the Greek ass stories, to folk-tale, and historical realism. A reflection of the period of rapid expansion of scholarly interest in the area of the ancient novel this book combines the best of current international scholarly interpretation.
`includes an admirably up-to-date bibliographical survey byt the editor, the highlight of the volume, on twentieth-century scholarship on the Roman novel ... the helpful thematic classification of this enormous amount of scholarly works, and its balanced and sensible assessment by the editor demonstrates his impressive command of both Petronian and Apuleian secondary sources' Costas Panayotakis, Journal of Roman Studies Vol 90 `this splendid collection of articles should be included in the reading-lists of courses on ancient fiction studied both in the original and in translation' Costas Panayotakis, Journal of Roman Studies Vol 90 `begins with a show-stoppingly detailed survey of scholarship on the subject, together with a fair amount of guidance to the uninitiated ... Harrison and Swain are learned and judicious editors, and both volumes no doubt find the wide markets they deserve ... it is hard not to be impressed by the weight and density of scholarship to be found herein.' Tim Whitmarsh, Times Literary Supplement, 4/2/00.
Series: Oxford Readings in Classical Studies (Paperback)
Number Of Pages: 384
Published: 1st June 1999
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.93 x 15.75 x 1.98
Weight (kg): 0.45