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 eight substantiates the claim that Chariton looked to Virgil, adds further evidence to this, and considers conseqences for our general assessment of Narratives about Callirhoe. More parallels in phrases and motifs suggest that Chariton conceived of his novel to some extent as a romantic answer to Virgil's tragic story of Dido and Aeneas. A discussion of the general question of the reception of Roman literature in the Greek world is followed by an account of the significance of Aeneas (and his mother Aphrodite) in the historical relations between Aphrodisias and Rome. Three different scenarios explore how Chariton would have gained access to the Aeneid. For an interpretation of Narratives about Callirhoe, the exclusively psychological and emotional reception of the political Roman model discourages political readings of Chariton.

Keywords: Virgil, Aeneid; Dido and Aeneas; Roman literature in the Greek world; Aphrodisias; Rome; politics

Chapter.  10164 words. 

Subjects: Classical Literature

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