Prose fiction, although not always associated with classical antiquity, did in fact flourish in the early Roman Empire, not only in realistic Latin novels but also and indeed principally in the Greek ideal romance of love and adventure to which they are related. Popular in the Renaissance, these stories have been less familiar in later centuries. Translations of the Greek stories were not readily available in English before B.P. Reardon’s excellent volume.
Nine complete stories are included here as well as ten others, encompassing the whole range of classical themes: ideal romance, travel adventure, historical fiction, and comic parody. A new foreword by J.R. Morgan examines the enormous impact this groundbreaking collection has had on our understanding of classical thought and our concept of the novel.
|Publisher:||University of California Press|
|Edition description:||Second Edition, 2|
|Product dimensions:||5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 2.10(d)|
About the Author
B.P. Reardon (1928–2009) was Professor Emeritus of Classics at the University of California, Irvine.J.R. Morgan is Professor Emeritus of Arts and Letters at Swansea University.
Table of ContentsForeword to the 2008 Edition by J R. Morgan General Introduction by B. P Reardon Chariton · CHAEREAS AND CALLIRHOE translated by B. P. Reardon Xenophon of Ephesus · AN EPHESIAN TALE translated by Graham Anderson Achilles Tatius · LEUCIPPE AND CLITOPHON translated by John]. Winkler Longus · DAPHNIS AND CHLOE translated by Christopher Gill Heliodorus · AN ETHIOPIAN STORY translated by]. R. Morgan Pseudo-Lucian · THE ASS translated by]. P. Sullivan Lucian · A TRUE STORY translated by B. P. Reardon Pseudo-Callisthenes · ALEXANDER ROMANCE translated by Ken Dowden Anonymous · THE STORY OF APOLLONIUS KING OF TYRE translated by Gerald N. Sandy SUMMARIES translated by Gerald N. Sandy Antonius Diogenes · THE WONDERS BEYOND THULE Iamblichus · A BABYLONIAN STORY FRAGMENTS translated by Gerald N. Sandy and B. P. Reardon Introduction NINUS A PHOENICIAN STORY METIOCHUS AND PARTHENOPE IOLAUS SESONCHOSIS HERPYLLIS CHIONE CALLIGONE
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