Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, c1994.
Book — 463 p.
"At once youthful and venerable, " writes James Tatum, "ancient novels do not lack for their evangelists. In one communication after another, the hope is expressed that those not yet acquainted with them will eventually come to know this oxymoronic subject, the newest chapter in ancient literature". In "The Search for the Ancient Novel", Tatum brings together a distinguished group of scholars to examine every aspect of ancient Greek and Roman novelists-the recovery of their texts, their reception, ancient and modern, and their place in literary theory and history. The contributors explore subjects ranging from antiquity to the present, from the anonymous authors of "Apolioniiis King of Tyre" and "The Apochryphal Acts of Peter" to Tasso, Cervantes, and Rabelais, from Lucian, Heliodorus, and Petronius to Chretien de Troye and Samuel Richardson, from "Dictys of Crete" (overseas correspondent during the Trojan War) to Harlequin Romance writer "Margery Hilton". Of interest not only to classicists but also to comparatists and historians of the novel, this work offers a variety of scholarly perspectives on a topic that has increasingly become the focus of critical attention and debate. (source: Nielsen Book Data)