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9. A Study on the Margin of the Ancient Novel: "Barbarians" and Others

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Marginal aspects of literary works tend to be of little relevance to the general effect, and in principle, this holds true for the ancient novel as well. However, it remains to be seen whether "barbarians" from the Greek point of view, non-Greeks in general and "others" are entirely without importance in the genre of the ancient novel. Certainly the focus of the novels' events is on figures who cannot be fit into the categories mentioned above. In ancient literature interactions between main characters and their antipodes form important preconditions for the whole, and only the interplay of the central and peripheral figures can create an ancient novel. The Greek novel is generally not questioned as a Greek art form. Yet one who considers this literary genre with respect to its "barbarian" components can perceive largely a non-Greek epic space, non-Greek authors, non-Greek heroes, and, it follows naturally, non-Greek audiences.

Keywords: ancient novel; barbarians; Greek novel

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