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The Greek novels vary considerably among themselves in their handling of time. The earliest of them, Chariton’s Callirhoe, is already a highly competent work of fictional narrative, but in this respect, as in many others, it opts for a relatively simple approach. In terms of order too, Callirhoe is narrated in a relatively straightforward fashion. The primary narrator presents events, for the most part, in their chronological order: the story more or less reproduces the corresponding section of the fabula. Although the work contains numerous prolepses and analepses, both narratorial and actorial, they are, with only a few exceptions, internal ones. The analepses, in particular, generally summarise material already familiar to the primary narratee and rarely introduce significant new information.

Keywords: analepses; Callirhoe; Chariton; Greek novels; prolepses



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