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p. 1179. Novellocked

  • William Allen

Abstract

‘Novel’ discusses the ancient novel, a relative latecomer to Greek and Latin literature. Starting with the five surviving examples of the Greek novel, dating from the mid-1st century ad onwards, it considers the popular appeal of their typical motifs of love and adventure, and sees their increasingly sophisticated narrative techniques. How the social and political values embodied in these Greek prose fictions related to those of their audiences, both Greek and Roman, under Roman imperial rule is also examined. The manipulation and parody of generic convention found in the Greek novels is even more central to the Latin novels of Petronius (c.50s–60s ad) and Apuleius (c.ad 150–180).

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