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Leucippe and Clitophon

Leucippe and Clitophon

Paperback Oxford World's Classics

By (author) Achilles Tatius, Volume editor Helen Morales, Translated by Helen Morales, Translated by Tim Whitmarsh

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  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Format: Paperback | 204 pages
  • Dimensions: 128mm x 194mm x 18mm | 159g
  • Publication date: 8 May 2003
  • Publication City/Country: Oxford
  • ISBN 10: 0192804278
  • ISBN 13: 9780192804273
  • Edition: New edition
  • Edition statement: New edition
  • Illustrations note: 1 map
  • Sales rank: 994,987

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'Her mouth was like the bloom of a rose, when the rose begins to part the lips of its petals. As soon as I saw, I was done for...All my dreams were of Leucippe.' Achilles Tatius' Leucippe and Clitophon is the most bizarre and risque of the five 'Greek novels' of idealized love between boy and girl that survive from the period of the Roman empire. Stretching the capacity of the genre to its limits, Achilles' narrative covers adultery, violence, evisceration, pederasty, virginity-testing, and (of course) an improbable happy ending. Ingenious and sophisticated in conception, Leucippe and Clitophon is in execution at once subtle, stylish, moving, brash, tasteless, and obscene. This new translation aims to capture Achilles' writing in all its exuberant variety.

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Tim Whitmarsh is Leverhulme Lecturer in Hellenistic Literature at the University of Exeter. Helen Morales is Lecturer in Classics and a Fellow of Newnham College, Cambridge University.