GK 385 • Ancient Greek Novel
3:00 PM-6:00 PM
This seminar will focus on the reading (in Greek) of four ancient Greek novels (or romances): Charitons Callirhoe, Longus Daphnis and Chloe, Achilles Tatius Leucippe and Cleitophon, and Heliodorus Aethiopicaall 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.