The Cambridge Companion to the Greek and Roman Novel

The Greek and Roman novels of Petronius, Apuleius, Longus, Heliodorus and others have been cherished for millennia, but never more so than now. The Cambridge Companion to the Greek and Roman Novel contains nineteen original essays by an international cast of experts in the field. The emphasis is upon the critical interpretation of the texts within historical settings, both in antiquity and in the later generations that have been and continue to be inspired by them. All the central issues of current scholarship are addressed: sexuality, cultural identity, class, religion, politics, narrative, style, readership and much more. Four sections cover cultural context of the novels, their contents, literary form, and their reception in classical antiquity and beyond. Each chapter includes guidance on further reading. This collection will be essential for scholars and students, as well as for others who want an up-to-date, accessible introduction into this exhilarating material.

• Comprehensive, sophisticated critical introduction to the Greek and Roman novel • Emphasises critical themes rather than focusing upon individual texts • Includes guidance for further reading

Contents

1. Introduction Tim Whitmarsh; Part I. Contexts: 2. Literary milieux Ewen Bowie; 3. The history of sexuality Helen Morales; 4. Cultural identity Susan Stephens; 5. Class Tim Whitmarsh; Part II. The World of the Novel: 6. Religion Froma Zeitlin; 7. Travel James Romm; 8. Body and text Jason König; 9. Time Lawrence Kim; 10. Politics and spectacles Catherine Connors; Part III. Form: 11. Genre Simon Goldhill; 12. Approaching style and rhetoric Andrew Laird; 13. Intertextuality John Morgan and Stephen Harrison; 14. Narrative Tim Whitmarsh and Shadi Bartsch; Part IV. Reception: 15. Ancient readers Richard Hunter; 16. Byzantine readers Joan Burton; 17. The re-emergence of the novel in Western Europe, 1300-1810 Michael Reeve; 18. Novels ancient and modern Gerald Sandy and Stephen Harrison; 19. Modernity and post-modernity Massimo Fusillo.