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By Heinz Hofmann

ISBN-10: 0415147220

ISBN-13: 9780415147224

Latin Fiction presents a chronological examine of the Roman novel from the Classical interval to the center a long time, exploring the improvement of the unconventional and the continuity of Latin tradition. Essays via eminent and overseas members talk about texts including:

* Petronius, Satyrica and Cena Trimalchionis * Apuleius, Metamorphose(The Golden Ass) and The story of Cupid and Psyche * The background of Apollonius of Tyre * The Trojan stories of Dares Phrygius and Dictys Cretensis * The Latin Alexander * Hagiographic fiction * Medieval interpretations of Cupid and Pysche, Apollonius of Tyre and the Alexander Romance.

For any scholar or pupil of Latin fiction, or literary historical past, this can certainly be a ebook so as to add on your studying list.

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1983), Literary Theory: an Introduction, Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press. Eden, P. ) (1984), Seneca, Apocolocyntosis, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. M. (1974), Aspects of the Novel, London: Edward Arnold (originally published 1927). Frye, N. (1957), Anatomy of Criticism, Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press. Heinze, R. (1889), ‘Petron und der griechische Roman’, Hermes 34:494–519. Holzberg, N. (1995), The Ancient Novel: an Introduction, London/New York: Routledge. P. Norton.

The Satyrica is conservative) of classical literature, not of the ancient novel genre (Sandy 1994a:1544), which seems not to have been clearly identified and defined by ancient critics (Reardon 1991), and even today resides outside the magic canon in classical literature (Bowie and Harrison 1993). The dense literary texture of the Satyrica offers free play for parody, but I would contend that, while the Satyrica is not a (wholesale) parody of the ancient novel, Petronius does expand the limits of the novel genre by constantly dipping into other genres: the Satyrica seems to make use of almost every known literary genre.

The idea that the office of sevir was bestowed in Trimalchio’s absence, the suggestion that he declined to pursue opportunities open to him at Rome, above all the misappropriation of the cognomen Maecenatianus—these details incongruously blend equestrian affectations with the distinctions of a freedman, so that Trimalchio’s social pretensions, though fully consonant with his station, are subtly and humorously divorced from reality (D’Arms 1981:108–16; Beard 1998:95–98). This is one of the ways Petronius appealed to his original readers’ knowledge of their contemporary world to further his literary goals.

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