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The Ancient Novel : An Introduction - Niklas Holzberg

The Ancient Novel

An Introduction

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Published: 15th December 1994
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This widely acclaimed book offers an introduction to the ancient novel and presents the latest research findings in the field. For this English translation, Professor Holzberg has substantially updated and expanded the German edition of 1986.
Niklas Holzberg considers the ancient novel as encompassing idealistic and comic realistic narratives with the central themes of love and adventure. He develops his definition of the genre and offers explanations for why this literary form was so popular during the Hellenistic period. He goes on to examine the individual texts in chronological order, providing a summary of the contents of each, relevant background information and interpretative pointers.

Author's note
The Genrep. 1
A conventional plot: Xenophon's Ephesiacap. 1
The surviving textsp. 6
Ancient labelsp. 8
Characteristics of the idealistic and comic-realistic novelsp. 9
The fringe: other novel-like literature of antiquityp. 11
A definition of the genrep. 26
The Rise of the Genrep. 28
Theories on the originsp. 28
The novel as a product of political, social and cultural upheavalsp. 29
The novel as 'closet drama' and 'bourgeois prose epic'p. 32
The novel's ancient readershipp. 33
Novel and historiographyp. 35
Ninusp. 38
Sesonchosisp. 39
A genre is bornp. 41
The Idealistic Novel in Early Imperial Timesp. 43
Chariton, Callirhoep. 43
Other novels in historical dress: Parthenope, Chione, Calligonep. 48
A string of adventures: Xenophon of Ephesus, Ephesiacap. 51
Lollianus, Phoenicicap. 54
An attempt to diversify: Antonius Diogenes, The Wonders Beyond Thulep. 57
The Comic-Realistic Novelp. 61
A Greek comic-realistic novel in prose and verse: Iolausp. 62
Topsy-turvy world: Petronius, Satyricap. 63
Appearances and reality: the Greek Ass Romancep. 72
Satire, Platonism and mysteries: Apuleius, Metamorphosesp. 77
The Idealistic Novel in the Age of the Second Sophisticp. 84
Wallowing in lurid effects: Iamblichus, Babyloniacap. 85
Adding the human touch: Achilles Tatius, Leucippe and Clitophonp. 87
Sexual psychology and bucolic paradise: Longus, Daphnis and Chloep. 93
Acme of narrative technique: Heliodorus, Aethiopicap. 99
Select bibliographyp. 106
Indexp. 127
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ISBN: 9780415107525
ISBN-10: 0415107520
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 144
Published: 15th December 1994
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0  x 1.1
Weight (kg): 0.27
Edition Number: 1