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Dirty LoveThe Genealogy of the Ancient Greek Novel$
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Tim Whitmarsh

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780199742653

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780199742653.001.0001

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‘The Long Hellenistic’

‘The Long Hellenistic’

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Dirty Love
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Tim Whitmarsh

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780199742653.003.0014

Egypt is a culture that had novelistic literature earlier than others, and which was open to multiple different cultural influences over a long period. This chapter introduces the Alexander Romance, a text that embodies generic and cultural fluidity, surviving as it does in multiple different forms demonstrating multiple different linguistic and cultural registers. The Alexander Romance was antiquity’s most widely disseminated text after the Bible.

Keywords:   Egypt, Ptolemies, Hellenistic culture, multilingualism, Alexander Romance

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