True Love and Immediate Recognition

Silvia Montiglio

in Love and Providence

Published in print October 2012 | ISBN: 9780199916047
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199980239 | DOI:
True Love and Immediate Recognition

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This chapter deals with recognitions in the novels of Chariton and Xenophon of Ephesus, usually termed “pre-Sophistic.” In both novels, the lovers recognize each other and are reunited after a long and painful separation. In both, the recognition represents the climax of the narrative and produces the happy ending. The two novels also share a worldview that idealizes the perfection of love and beauty, both of which play into recognition by making it unfailingly instantaneous. Chariton in particular values the voice and breathing as means to the lovers’ recognition while banning all artificial tokens.

Keywords: Chariton; Xenophon of Ephesus; recognition

Chapter.  24431 words. 

Subjects: Classical Literature

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