“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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Once I slowed down and started to savor the story, I really couldn’t put the book down.

Chariton’s Chaereas and Callirhoe

She will be secure if she can stay out of sight. Summary of the Story Book 1. Skip to main content. It’s quite a thing to see how dialogue was formerly written. It shows insight into the darker instincts and motivations of people, and the ways in which they manipulate one another. The hero- ine possesses exceptional beauty which exerts universal attraction, causes her to be identified with Aphrodite in appearance and worship and all the major players in the novel to fall in love with her.

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Their journey goes from Ionia to Babylon and back to a war in Egypt before the lovers are reunited and head home to Sicily. This is, allegedly, the first novel ever written, and it’s quite a ride to see where and how it all began, and to hold in my hands the first scrabblings and attempts to communicate in this forum.


Instead, she exhibits her strength and kindness, especially at the end after Chaireas wins the battle for th I surprisingly really enjoyed this! Trying to meet all your book preview and review needs. However, most of them have very little honor as they will do any despicable thing to obtain her — which leads to her having various misfortunes including being buried alive and sold as a slave.

Sep 26, John Cairns rated it liked it Shelves: A girl was sacrificed, and vanished without trace from her sacrificers; settled in a different country, where it was a custom to sacrifice strangers to the goddess, she became priestess of this rite. The two lovers reunite, but now the King of Persia must stand in judgement of a new case: And what a love: The dates of all the early novels are very fuzzy, but Callirhoe was probably composed around the beginning of the second century AD, which could well make it the oldest of the seven Satyricon excepted.

Journal of the American Academy of Religion. This is fairly light fiction, and there are parts where Chariton is simply too lazy, but it’s a good, gripping read, an ancient potboiler that makes for a few hours of good entertainment.

Let him have no experience of a stepmother. How many and which of the adventures of Chaereas and Callirhoe should be included in a basic plot of the novel composed according to chaoreas Aristotelian examples?


A step down from tragedies and comedies of past years before it. I would recommend this book to readers interested in Greco-Roman literature, or readers interested in learning more about the development of the novel.

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It is, as Chariton makes sure the readers understand, an incredible moment: On one hand, it’s quite exciting. View all 4 comments.

Callirhoe is an odd novel. The Romance of Empire. I read the version where “f”s still took the place of “s”es, and struggled a bit to read that, but no matter.

On homosexuality chxireas the novel cf. Find in a Library View cloth edition. And, of course, chaiteas on occasion once again thinks the other lost and dead. And I shall live all alone, with no one to blame but myself. The novel not only scrutinizes the lives of women, but also the conduct of men; jealousy unravels lives. But there is an Iliadic event that may have provided inspiration for the basic plot of the novel.

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