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Crafting Characters – Heroes and Heroines in the Ancient Greek Novel - Oxford Scholarship Online
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Crafting Characters: Heroes and Heroines in the Ancient Greek Novel

Koen De Temmerman


Despite the resurgence of interest in representations of character in literary studies generally and Classical studies in particular, and despite the goldrush towards ancient fiction in the last two decades, no volume has yet been devoted to exploring character and characterization in ancient Greek novels. This award-winning study analyses the characterization of the protagonists in the five extant, so-called ‘ideal’ Greek novels (i.e. those of Chariton, Xenophon of Ephesus, Achilles Tatius, Longus, and Heliodorus). The book offers close readings of techniques of characterization in each novel ... More

Keywords: character, characterization, êthos, ancient Greek novel, ancient narrative, narratology, ancient rhetoric, typification, individuation, idealistic, realistic, static/dynamic

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Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199686148
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199686148.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Koen De Temmerman, author
Research Professor at Ghent University

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