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The Novel

Stephen A. Nimis

in The Oxford Handbook of Hellenic Studies

Published in print August 2009 | ISBN: 9780199286140
Published online September 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199286140.013.0053

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Classics and Ancient History

 The Novel

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The novel flourished at a time when Greek identity was above all a matter of cultural affiliation. This article argues that the characters in the novels are fundamentally concerned with issues of gender, ethnicity, culture, and identity – and that their readers must have been too. However, the relationship between the world depicted in the novels and that in which they were written and read remains difficult to characterize: it is remarkable, for example, that Rome, the great imperial power of the time, is never so much as mentioned in the extant Greek novels.

Keywords: Greek identity; cultural affiliation; Greek novel; gender issues; Rome; Greek culture

Article.  5316 words. 

Subjects: Classical Studies ; Classical Literature ; Classical Reception ; Classical Philosophy

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