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Chariton of Aphrodisias and the Invention of the Greek Love Novel$
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Stefan Tilg

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199576944

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199576944.001.0001

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(p.271) 8 Virgil
Chariton of Aphrodisias and the Invention of the Greek Love Novel

Stefan Tilg

Oxford University Press

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

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