“The new Loeb edition of Chariton by professor George Goold provides the best available text of Chariton and a useful translation and introduction At a time. (Chariton). general information | review summaries | our review | links | about the Warren E. Blake (as Chariton’s Chaereas and Callirhoe, ) and by Bryan. Chaereas and Callirhoë: Chariton: Minor), Greek novelist, author of Chaereas and Callirhoë, probably the earliest fully extant romantic novel in Western.

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Narrative setpieces include Sicily, Turkey, Syria, Babylon, and more.

The clash between Achilles and Agamemnon is neither mentioned nor alluded to anywhere in the novel— in fact Agamemnon is not explicitly mentioned at all — and attention focuses exclusively on the Achilles-Patroclus relationship. There are no discussion topics on this book yet.


Enter the email address you signed up with and we’ll email you a reset link. The book is a romance between two young Greek lovers who are separated shortly after marriage, and describes their wild adventures as they fight to reunite with each other. They kidnap her, and set sail for Miletus, where she is eventually sold to Dionysius, “the foremost citizen of Miletus and probably all of Ionia”. The Romans did this the same way I think we cannot even count our male protagonist Chaereas as virtuous.

As usual it’s the incidental references I like, like Nero may have taken the idea of kicking Poppaea from this book, Miletus had four harbours and supplied soft woollen garments, Apelles’ Aphrodite was t I like my history straight but made an exception for the first historical fiction, most enjoyable, with lots of kallihroe references to flatter its readership, by charuton means populist – that would be left to demotic Xianity which appealed to hoi polloi and cgariton still do.


Chariton’s novel exists in only one somewhat unreliable manuscript, from the 13th century. There are other texts hovering around the margins that could be added to this list, most of them very fragmentary, but the seven listed here are the big ones. The girl in the basic plot of Iphige- nia in Tauris assumes a different identity and becomes a priestess. Though loosely using historical figures and occurrences, the story is an invented one — and a fanciful one at that. Dionysius later curses himself for his jealousy, realizing if he had just kept quiet about the letters he could have prevented Kallirjoe from ever discovering that Chaereas was alive and would still be with her.

She decides to throw in her lot with Dionysius; the fact that she is pregnant with Chaereas’ child which she briefly considers aborting also playing a role. Callirhoe is a love story. It had a happy, satisfying ending that made me smile and cheer for the kallirrhoe Thanks for telling us about the problem. It’s a romance novel, and what passed for historical fiction in ancient times. Feb 10, Taryn rated it really liked it. They sail out in search of the missing Callirhoe.

It also forecasts developments in the mainstream literature of the western world. But the war is not caused by Callirhoe-Helen, and Chaereas and Dionysius never meet on the battlefield in a fight that would determine the fate of Helen, as Paris and Menelaus did in the Iliad, but perform individual feats.

When reading with the mind of the 1st century Greek cultural elite for whom the novel was originally intended, however, and one will find a rich intertextuality, a self-conscious handling and mould Perhaps I am sentimental over this book because it was the subject of my undergraduate senior thesis, but there are few in this age for whom this novel will hold much appeal, they will consider its protagonist unsympathetic, its way of telling a story odd and artificial, and its plot rather fantastic.


Characters often launch into laments in order to summarize the plot development and drive home how incredibly unfortunate they’ve been. The public is an interesting force. Extraordinary beauty is, of course, a great virtue. His first satire 4.

The prose, at least in my translation, was nothing to write home about. CharitonCallirhoe LCL It is clearly meant largely as an entertainment, and — action-packed, sopping with melodrama, and terribly if oddly romantic — it is a real page-turner.

After all, though he was a victim of plots, and he was brave in his kind, he suffered for his own outrageous jealousy after he kicked his wife in the chest so viciously she was presumed dead and was buried. Greek romance written in the first century, enjoyable and fascinating to think that it’ about years old. chairras

Chaereas and Callirhoe by Chariton (trans. B. P. Reardon) | The Consolation of Reading

But I think that’s typical for ancient literature. Goold’s fluid translation reads well, which also helps — though reference to the Greek text is recommended, as there’s a bit more substance and resonance to the original. It is, as Chariton makes sure the readers understand, an incredible moment: