By Grammatiki A. Karla, Grammatki A. Karla
This choice of essays bargains a accomplished exam of texts that regularly were excluded from the most corpus of the traditional Greek novel and restricted to the margins of the style, reminiscent of the "Life of Aesop", the "Life of Alexander the Great", and the "Acts of the Christian Martyrs". via comparability and distinction, intertextual research and shut exam, the limits of the dichotomy among the 'fringe' vs. the 'canonical' or 'erotic' novel are explored, and so the known id of the texts in each one workforce is extra sincerely defined. The collective end result brings the 'fringe' from the outer edge of scholarly learn to the centre of severe realization, and offers methodological instruments for the exploration of alternative 'fringe' texts.
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By C. Jackson-Holzberg. London/New York. 30 grammatiki a. karla ——— (1996) “The Genre: Novels Proper and the Fringe”, in Schmeling (1996): 11–28. Hopkins, K. (1993) “Novel Evidence for Roman Slavery”, Past & Present 138: 3–27. Hostetter, H. (1955) A Linguistic Study of the Vulgar Greek Life of Aesop. Doctoral Dissertation. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Hunter, R. (2008) “Ancient Readers”, in T. ) Cambridge Companion to the Greek and Roman Novel. Cambridge: 261–271. Jouanno, C. (2002) Naissance et métamorphoses du Roman d’Alexandre.
With respect to the plot, both Lives begin with a nucleus of history or of traditional legend4 and embellish the life of their respective hero See the introduction in Holzberg (1995); Hägg (1983); and Holzberg (1996) 11–28. While Alexander’s legend certainly develops around a historical nucleus, the same is hardly the case for the Life of Aesop. It is an open question whether Aesop was truly a historical figure, and not some legendary character. None of the information about 3 4 fictional biography vis-à-vis romance 15 with a plethora of invented tales and adventures.
2 This category comprises a group of narratives, the earliest of which appeared towards the end of the Hellenistic era, and which revolve around the adventures of a couple of young star-crossed lovers, whose happiness is seriously tested as they suﬀer separation, undertake subsequent travels, are subjected to * I would like to thank my colleagues Ioannis Konstantakos and Sophia Papaioannou for their helpful comments and suggestions on earlier drafts of this paper, and Lily Niarchos for her assistance with the English version of the text.