The Novel in the Ancient World

The Novel in the Ancient World




This is the second publication in Brill's handbook series The Classical Tradition. The subject of this volume is that group of works of extended prose narrative fiction which bears many similarities to the modern novel and which appeared in the later classical periods in Greece and Rome. The ancient novel has enjoyed renewed popularity in recent years not only among students of literature, but also among those looking for new sources on the popular culture of antiquity and among scholars of religion. The volume surveys the new insights and approaches to the ancient novel which have emerged form the application of a variety of disciplines in the recent years.
The 25 senior scholars contributing to the volume are drawn from a broad range of European and North American traditions of scholarship. Chapters cover the important issues dealing with the novel, novelists, novel-like works of fiction, their development, transformation, Christianisation and Nachleben, as well as a broad range of matters, from literary/philological to cultural/historical and religious, which concerns modern scholars in the field.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9789004096301
Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 06/01/1996
Series: Mnemosyne, Supplements / Mnemosyne, Supplements, The Classical Tradition Series , #159
Pages: 878
Product dimensions: 6.58(w) x 9.64(h) x 2.19(d)

About the Author

Gareth Schmeling, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, taught at the University of Virginia, University of Colorado, and is currently Professor of Classics, University of Florida. With J.P. Sullivan he founded the Petronian Society and since 1970 he has edited the Petronian Society Newsletter. For many years he has been interested in the ancient novel and has written several books in the area - Chariton (1974), Xenophon of Ephesus (1980), A Bibliography of Petronius (1977), Historia Apollonii Regis Tyri (1988) - together with numerous articles. At present he is working on a commentary on Petronius' Satyrica.

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