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Lesley Dean-Jones, Chair 2210 Speedway, Mail Code C3400, Austin, TX 78712-1738 • 512-471-5742

Spring 2005

GK 385 • Ancient Greek Novel

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
29925 W
3:00 PM-6:00 PM
WAG 10

Course Description

This seminar will focus on the reading (in Greek) of four ancient Greek novels (or romances): Chariton’s Callirhoe, Longus’ Daphnis and Chloe, Achilles Tatius’ Leucippe and Cleitophon, and Heliodorus’ Aethiopica—all of which were written under the Roman Empire in the first four centuries of the common era. In addition, we will read other related texts in English translation, such as Xenophon of Ephesus’ Ephesiaca, and selections of other ancient Greek works (e.g., fragmentary novels). The ancient novel, long consigned to the margins of scholarly research, has attracted an ever-increasing flurry of interest in the past twenty years, and we will explore such issues as origins, development, genre, para-novelistic literature, etc. Our main focus, however, will be on the literary-critical analysis of the texts themselves. Requirements: Final Paper; In-class presentations


S.Swain (ed.) Oxford Readings in the Greek Novel. Oxford. M.D. Reeve (ed.) Longus. Daphnis et Chloe. KG Saur. B. Reardon (ed.) Collected Ancient Greek Novels. California.


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