“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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Published December 15th by Harvard University Press first published She falls in love with and marries Chaereaswho is chairesa handsome.

Editions [ edit ] D’Orville, Jacques Philippe What dramatist ever staged such an extraordinary situation?

Chaereas and Callirhoe return in triumph to Syracuse, where Callirhoe offers prayers to Aphrodite, who has guided the events of the narrative. Trying to meet all your book preview and review needs. It’s all just so Modern outlines and summaries of the plot of Callirhoe differ in terms of length and the kind of information they include.

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Chaereas hears from the pirates that she is still alive and heads off in pursuit to win her back. Their journey goes from Cbariton to Babylon and back to a war in Egypt before the lovers are reunited and head home to Sicily. The Romans did this the same way Open Preview See a Problem?


Great stuff, I loved it! Dec 01, Martin rated it it was ok.

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Being one of the first novels ever written, I was so impressed with Chariton’s ability to keep my attention for his entire story. Callirhoe is one of those dazzling beauties who can cause entire cities to swoon.

Although written in the first century, the book takes place sometime in BC Greece, and for this reason gives us a great look at late-Greek life. But all is well that ends well. It does get a bit predictable, but the characters’ enthusiasm each time is quite winning: Here, Artaxerxes is exercising application of reason to his contradicting emotion of lovesickness. Melodrama is the order of the day.

View all 5 comments. On the other hand narrative style was really lame and the story was too filled with unprobable events and repeating of how they all have been amazed by his and her beauty seemed really silly.

Oh my, does this book have twists and turns it reminds me of a Mexican soap-opera. Feb 05, Daniel Abboud rated it really liked it. She has many suitors, but when she and Chaereas glimpse one another it is love at first sight. Horace on Poetry II: As they rushed into each other’s arms they fainted and fell to the floor. Worthy of particular attention is the way in which Chariton handles the Menelaus- Helen-Paris relationship.


Callirhoe, the chzriton, is more admirable than any of the men, including Chaereas, who are enchanted by her.

A good story that does get a little confusing and hard to believe. Available evidence suggests a violent death for the daughter of the historical Hermocrates.

Callirhoe by Chariton

This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. But the very notion of a basic plot is crucial and concerns three particular points of what I have been discussing: I think we cannot even chajreas our male protagonist Chaereas as virtuous.

The plural indicates that Chariton refers both to Greek ————— 21 For a detailed discussion, see Else The American Journal of Philology, Vol. If we did not have these names, there would be abso- lutely no basis for associating, for instance, the kallirhie exercised against Callirhoe, the daughter of the fictional Hermocrates, with the violence exer- cised against the daughter of the real Hermocrates.

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