The recent discovery of fragments from such novels as Iolaos, Phoinikika, Sesonchosis, and Metiochos and Parthenope has dramatically increased the library catalogue of ancient novels, calling for a fresh survey of the field. In this volume Susan Stephens and John Winkler have reedited all of the identifiable novel fragments, including the epitomes of Iamblichos' Babyloniaka and Antonius Diogenes' Incredible Things Beyond Thule. Intended for scholars as well as nonspecialists, this work provides new editions of the texts, full translations whenever possible, and introductions that situate each text within the field of ancient fiction and that present relevant background material, literary parallels, and possible lines of interpretation.
Collective reading of the fragments exposes the inadequacy of many currently held assumptions about the ancient novel, among these, for example, the paradigm for a linear, increasingly complex narrative development, the notion of the "ideal romantic" novel as the generic norm, and the nature of the novel's readership and cultural milieu. Once perceived as a late and insignificant development, the novel emerges as a central and revealing cultural phenomenon of the Greco-Roman world after Alexander.
Originally published in 1995.
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Susan A. Stephens is Sara Hart Kimball Professor in the Humanities and Professor of Classics at Stanford University. She is author of Seeing Double: Intercultural Poetics in Ptolemaic Alexandria (2003) a study that has transformed scholarly thinking about Egypt as present in Hellenistic poetry. Trained as a papyrologist, she co-edited, with the late Jack Winkler, Ancient Greek Novels: The Fragments (1995). She is the author of numerous articles on Hellenistic poetry and is co-editor, with Benjamin Acosta-Hughes and Luigi Lehnus, of the forthcoming Brill's Companion to Callimachus. She is further co-editor, with Phiroze Vasunia, of the 2010 collection Classics and National Cultures.Language Notes:
Text: English, Greek (translation)
Original Language: Greek
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Book Description Book Condition: Antiquarian. Princeton University Press, Princeton, 1995. XVI,541p. Original gilt titled cloth with dust wrps. Nice copy. May require extra shipping costs: weight including packing from 1 - 2 Kg. 'The editors have provided both the specialist and the non-classicist with everything needed safely to navigate through the previously insufficiently charted waters of the scattered, truncated, sometimes misidentified and unidentified remains of ancient Greek novels that have emerged from the sands of Roman imperial Egypt during the past 100 years. They have also included the summaries provided by Photius in the ninth century of Antonius Diogenes' Wonders beyond Thule and Iamblichus' Babylonian Story, the portions of the latter narrative contained in two fifteenth-century manuscripts and a damaged Vatican palimpsest and the numerous short quotations preserved in the Suda that have been assigned with varying degrees of certainty to Iamblichus' novel. The editors present the fragments under two headings: 'Part I: Novel Fragments' and 'Part II: Ambiguous Fragments'. They also provide matter-of-fact translations of all the fragments on facing pages. Appendices include a very useful collection of testimonia and a 'Chart of Provenances and Dates'. (.) The book is exceptionally well written. (.) Susan Stephens and the late Jack Winkler have written a splendid book that is a delight to read and will be an indispensable source of information for anyone interested in ancient Greek literature or the history of the novel.' (GERALD SANDY in Bryn Mawr Classical Review 95.12.26). Antiquarian. Bookseller Inventory # 43306