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15. Fragments of Lost Novels

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This chapter focuses on broadly interpretative issues rather than grammatical particularities of the text or the reconstruction of scenes, although occasionally the two areas intersect. Metiochus and Parthenope is the best known fragment that belongs to Ideal-Romantic Novels type. The fragment shares several features in common with Xenophon's Ephesiaka. Apollonius consists of two very small and disconnected fragments. The category of the nationalistic novel is well-represented among the novel fragments, though no one of this type has survived intact. Novels that focus on the seedier side of ancient Mediterranean life are represented in Greek by Lollianus's Phoenicica and Iolaus, possibly the fragments of Daulis and Tinouphis, as well as a number of smaller pieces. Antonius Diogenes is cited by ancient sources more than any other ancient novelist. The Antheia fragment shares names and narrative elements with the plot of Xenophon's Ephesiaca.

Keywords: Antonius Diogenes; Apollonius; Ideal-Romantic Novels; nationalistic novel; Xenophon's Ephesiaka



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