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Chariton of Aphrodisias and the Invention of the Greek Love Novel$
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Stefan Tilg

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199576944

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199576944.001.0001

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(p.240) 7 Rumour
Chariton of Aphrodisias and the Invention of the Greek Love Novel

Stefan Tilg

Oxford University Press

In Chariton's poetics the motif of Rumour is closely linked with the categories of novelty and narrative. This exploration of Rumour (Φήμη) in her own right completes the investigation of Chariton's poetics and leads on to a recent and unexpected model author: although there are some Homeric reminiscences in Chariton's Rumour, fuller functional and textual parallels in Virgil's Aeneid lead to believe that Chariton derived his motif from the Roman epic poet.

Keywords:   rumour (motif), novelty, narrative, Homer, Virgil, Aeneid

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