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De novis libris iudicia How Ideal is the Oldest Ideal Greek Novel?

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In this review article, I first offer a critical discussion of S.D. Smith’s Greek Identity and the Athenian Past in Chariton: The Romance of Empire (Groningen 2007). Subsequently, I analyze in detail what I consider to be one of the most important contributions of the book; this is Smith’s identification of what I would call ‘epistemological relativism’ as a pattern underlying Chariton’s narrative technique. I single out two thematic areas in which this pattern is particularly relevant and make some additions of my own regarding specific readings by Smith in each area. I argue that these two thematic strands challenge the widely-held view that Chariton is one of the most prototypical representatives of the genre of the ideal Greek novel.

Affiliations: 1: Universiteit Gent, Faculteit Letteren & Wijsbegeerte Blandijnberg 2, 9000 Gent Belgium, Email: koen.detemmerman@ugent.be

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2010-07-01
2016-12-05

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