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The Historical Novel In The Greek World: Xenophon'S Cyropaedia

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If one considers the defining features of the modern historical novel when examining Greek fictional prose, one does not find them in the "canonical" texts with the exception of a few passages in Chariton and the fragmentary novels. In the Cyropaedia, Xenophon describes the life of the older Cyrus, the founder of the Median-Persian Empire, from his boyhood to kingship. In the arrangement of his work, Xenophon follows the historical facts marginally and in a cursory manner. The historical novel is not an end in itself; the Cyropaedia is not a reconstructing historical novel, but rather parabolical. All dominant and sub-dominant elements of the genre of the novel in its historical form can be found in Xenophon's Cyropaedia. The love story which was established as a subordinate theme in the Cyropaedia, increasingly became the defining feature of the genre.

Keywords: Cyrus; Greek historical novel; love story; Xenophon's Cyropaedia



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