By Gareth L. Schmeling

This can be the second one book in E.J. Brill's instruction manual sequence The Classical culture. the topic of this quantity is that staff of works of prolonged prose narrative fiction which bears many similarities to the trendy novel and which seemed within the later classical classes in Greece and Rome. the traditional novel has loved renewed acceptance lately not just between scholars of literature, but additionally between these trying to find new assets on the pop culture of antiquity and between students of faith. the quantity surveys the hot insights and ways to the traditional novel which have emerged shape the appliance of various disciplines within the fresh years. The 25 senior students contributing to the quantity are drawn from a wide variety of ecu and North American traditions of scholarship. Chapters hide the real concerns facing the novel, novelists, novel-like works of fiction, their improvement, transformation, Christianisation and Nachleben, as good as a vast variety of concerns, from literary/philological to cultural/historical and non secular, which issues glossy students within the box.

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26 In both fictional biographies, then, two goods that are generally considered extremely desirablepower and wisdomare made to appear relative, but this in a way that would appeal strongly to many readers in the Greek-speaking world. The exemplary character is, here too, 25 Stoneman (1994b) 1257. 26 Holzberg (1993b) 101. html10-08-2009 15:13:37 page_23 < previous page page_23 next page > Page 23 heightened by the fact that, in both biographies, the events treated take place in an age which for readers belongs to the distant past.

Jones (1992a). For Xenophon see Ruiz-Montero (1994b). 8 Cf. n. 77. html10-08-2009 15:13:39 page_31 < previous page page_31 next page > Page 31 goes, the naive and romantic idealism of Ninus, Chariton and Xenophon differs from that of later writers. , for its narrative technique is quite subtle, a fact which casts doubt on its pertinence to the early stages of the genre. 9 One other key element allows us to separate the novels into two groups, namely: their structure. Indeed the underlying structure of the early novels is based on the lover's search for the beloved after the enforced separation of the main couple, who have overcome an initial obstacle to get married.

15). 34 If this really was intended by the unknown author of the Ephemeris"Dares" offers nothing comparablethen, here too, pseudo-historical narrative will have served as a vehicle for a specific message. 31 Plümacher (1978) 623. 32 In the apocryphal Acts of the Apostles, too, we find "the whole apparatus of repetitive material", which Hägg (1994) quite rightly interprets as evidence that narrative prose texts were read aloud to an illiterate audience. 33 Merkle (1989) 2436; Beschorner (1992a) 2504.

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