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The handling of time in Daphnis and Chloe is radically different from that of the two ‘pre-sophistic’ novels by Chariton and Xenophon of Ephesus. The relation of story to fabula is more complex, and the presentation of the story admits the effective use of anachronies. The starting point of the fabula, however, predates the birth and exposure of its protagonists. This novel completely lacks narratorial repeating analepses of the sort that occur in Chariton. The prolepses in Longus fall into the following categories: a) narratorial prolepses; b) divine prolepsis, principally by means of dreams; c) actorial prolepses; d) seeds; e) intertextual prolepsis; f) a series of myths told by characters, which apart from their ‘argument’ function act as coded prolepses for the primary narratee.

Keywords: Chariton; Daphnis and Chloe; Longus; Xenophon



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