9780140449259

Greek Fiction : Callirhoe, Daphnis and Chloe, Letters of Chion

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  • ISBN13:

    9780140449259

  • ISBN10:

    0140449256

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 10/25/2011
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics

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Summary

A trio of tales offering an eye-opening alternative view of ancient Greece's literary culture. A fascinating counterpoint to the monumental epics of ancient Greece, Greek Fiction features three novelistic works written between the first and fourth centuries AD. Chariton's "Callirhoe"-perhaps the first novel ever written-is the stirring tale of two star-crossed lovers who are torn apart when Callirhoe is kidnapped and sold into slavery. Longus's "Daphnis and Chloe" tells the story of a boy and girl-both abandoned at birth-who grow up to fall in love and battle pirates. "Letters of Chion" is an early thriller about tyranny and political assassination. Together these works open a welcome window onto ancient Greece's little-explored legacy of prose fiction.

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