Latin Poetry in the Ancient Greek Novels

ISBN : 9780192894823

Daniel Jolowicz
416 Pages
156 x 234 mm
Pub date
Apr 2021
Oxford Classical Monographs
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Latin Poetry in the Ancient Greek Novels establishes and explores connections between Greek imperial literature and Latin poetry. This work challenges conventional thinking about literary and cultural interaction of the period, which assumes that imperial Greeks were not much interested in Roman cultural products (especially literature). Instead, it argues that Latin poetry is a crucially important frame of reference for Greek imperial literature. This has significant ramifications, bearing on the question of bilingual allusion and intertextuality, as well as on that of cultural interaction during the imperial period more generally. Three of these novels in particular-Chariton's Chaereas and Callirhoe, Achilles Tatius' Clitophon and Leucippe, and Longus' Daphnis and Chloe-are analysed for the extent to which they allude to Latin poetry, and for the effects (literary and ideological) of such allusion. After establishing the cultural context and parameters of the study, each chapter pursues the strategies of an individual novelist in connection with Latin poetry. The work offers the first book-length study of the role of Latin literature in Greek literary culture under the empire, and thus provides fresh perspectives and new approaches to the literature and culture of this period.


Notes On Editions and Translations
1 Chariton and Latin Elegy I: The Language of Love
2 Chariton and Latin Elegy II: Ovidian Letters and Exile
3 Chariton and Vergil's Aeneid
4 Achilles Tatius and Latin Elegy
5 Achilles Tatius and Vergil's Aeneid
6 Achilles Tatius and the Destruction of Bodies: Ovid, Lucan, Seneca
7 Longus and Vergil
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About the author: 

Daniel Jolowicz is a lecturer in Ancient Greek and Latin Languages and Literature at King's College London.

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