In Chariton's poetics the motif of Rumour is closely linked with the categories of novelty and narrative. This exploration of Rumour (Φήμη) in her own right completes the investigation of Chariton's poetics and leads on to a recent and unexpected model author: although there are some Homeric reminiscences in Chariton's Rumour, fuller functional and textual parallels in Virgil's Aeneid lead to believe that Chariton derived his motif from the Roman epic poet.
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