By Susan A. Stephens, John J. Winkler
The fresh discovery of fragments from such novels as Iolaos, Phoinikika, Sesonchosis, and Metiochos and Parthenope has dramatically elevated the library catalogue of historic novels, calling for a clean survey of the sector. during this quantity Susan Stephens and John Winkler have reedited the entire identifiable novel fragments, together with the epitomes of Iamblichos' Babyloniaka and Antonius Diogenes' Incredible issues past Thule. meant for students in addition to nonspecialists, this paintings presents new variants of the texts, complete translations at any time when attainable, and introductions that situate each one textual content in the box of old fiction and that current proper historical past fabric, literary parallels, and attainable strains of interpretation.
Collective interpreting of the fragments exposes the inadequacy of many presently held assumptions concerning the old novel, between those, for instance, the paradigm for a linear, more and more complicated narrative improvement, the thought of the "ideal romantic" novel because the known norm, and the character of the novel's readership and cultural milieu. as soon as perceived as a past due and insignificant improvement, the radical emerges as a critical and revealing cultural phenomenon of the Greco-Roman international after Alexander.
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Ancient Greek Novels: The Fragments by Susan A. Stephens, John J. Winkler