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:

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Chapter five tracks Chariton's awareness of literary novelty. First, it presents and interprets all passages in which Chariton explicitly claims to do something original. Then, it analyses all occurrences of the adjective καινόσ – which means ‘new’, but also ‘original’, ‘novel’ – and related terms in Chariton and other novelists. My result is that Chariton invokes the idea of ‘novelty’ (καινότησ) particularly when he refers to something related to his inventing Narratives about Callirhoe: new motifs, new twists in the plot, new narratives. A comparison with the other authors of ideal novels demonstrates that they neither explicitly claim originality for their writing nor use the adjective καινόσ or similar terms of novelty as a fundamental and wide‐ranging category of invention.

Keywords: literary Novelty; claims of originality (plot, narratives, motifs); term καινόσ

Chapter.  12802 words. 

Subjects: Classical Literature

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