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Chariton of Aphrodisias and the Invention of the Greek Love Novel

Stefan Tilg


No issue in scholarship on the ancient novel has been discussed as hotly as the origin of the Greek love novel, also known as the ‘ideal’ novel. The present book proposes a new solution to this old problem. It argues that the genre had a personal inventor, Chariton of Aphrodisias, and that he wrote the first love novel, Narratives about Callirhoe, in the mid‐first century AD. This conclusion is drawn on the basis of two converging lines of argument, one from literary history, another from Chariton's poetics. A revisitation of the literary‐historical background provides the basis for further an ... More

Keywords: ancient Greek novel, ideal love novel, Chariton, Callirhoe, Aphrodisias, Aphrodite, poetics, rumour (motif), Virgil, Aeneid

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780199576944
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199576944.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Stefan Tilg, author
Research Fellow of the Swiss National Science Foundation