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A Husband is More Important Than a Child

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The Ending of Chariton’s Callirhoe Revisited

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This article makes a fresh contribution to the interpretation of the ending of Chariton’s novel—an ending that has troubled many scholars, mainly due to the eventual separation of the loving couple from their biological child. It is argued that the outcome of Chariton’s plot is artistically prepared and is convincing to his readers; the argument relies on the realistic character of Chariton’s plot, and more importantly, on the elevation of the concept of sophrosyne to the status of a basic feature of both plot and characterisation.

Affiliations: 1: Open University of Cyprus Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences Nicosia Cyprus


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