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Reunion And Regeneration: Narrative Patterns In Ancient Greek Novels And Christian Acts

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It is widely supposed-in the author views correctly-that the five romantic Greek novels, by Xenophon, Chariton, Longus, Achilles Tatius, and Heliodorus, are more or less cut from a similar piece of cloth. Sophie Lalanne has recently stated: "Tous les romans grecs racontent la même histoire d'amour et d'aventures, avec des variants qui, bien que nombreuses, ne modifient pas la structure d'ensemble". Two such tales concerns us, both datable to the fifth century: the Acts of Xanthippe and Polyxena, and more particularly the latter part centering on Polyxena, which is closer in structure to the Greek romantic novels; and the Acts of Philip. The author have traced the theme of evil returned for evil to indicate how, over the course of his travels, Philip learns the deeper meaning of Christian mercy and the obligation to requite harm with good.

Keywords: Achilles Tatius; Chariton; Christian Acts; Greek Novels; Heliodorus; Longus; Philip; Xenophon



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