Chariton of Aphrodisias

Stefan Tilg

in Chariton of Aphrodisias and the Invention of the Greek Love Novel

Published in print April 2010 | ISBN: 9780199576944
Published online May 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191722486 | DOI:
Chariton of Aphrodisias

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Chapter two discusses selected aspects of Chariton's hometown, Aphrodisias, which might have been relevant to the invention of a new form of writing: the massive building programme in the city‐centre since Augustus, the local cult of Aphrodite, and various links to Miletus (which also had a famed cult of Aphrodite and was known as the focal point of Aristides’ Milesiaca, arguably a source of inspiration for Chariton's prose fiction). A detailed study of Chariton's date points to the Julio‐Claudian era. His use of Virgil's Aeneid supplies us with the terminus post quem of 19 BC, the year of Virgil's death; Persius’ reference to one ‘Callirhoe’ in his first satire (1. 134) with the terminus ante quem of AD 62, the year of Persius’ death. This time frame ties in with an identification of Chariton's employer, Athenagoras, in Aphrodisian epigraphy. An excursus on Chariton's potential impact on non‐novelistic authors suggests his significance as a paradigmatic author.

Keywords: Aphrodisias; Aphrodite; Miletus; Aristides, Milesiaca; Virgil, Aeneid; Persius; Athenagoras

Chapter.  23265 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Classical Literature

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