Dreams and Suicides

Dreams and Suicides : The Greek Novel from Antiquity to the Byzantine Empire

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This study discusses the Greek novel through the ages, from the genre's flowering in late Antiquity to its learned revival in twelfth-century Byzantium. Its unique feature is its full coverage of the Byzantine novels, demonstrating that they both depend upon and react against the ancient novel, and can only be understood against the cultural backdrop of ancient Greek literature. Dreams and Suicides analyses the cultural symptoms and attitudes portrayed or implied in the novels, thus rooting them in a social rather than merely a literary context. For all students of ancient culture, this book provides important and original insights into the genre of ancient literature.show more

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  • Hardback | 248 pages
  • 139.7 x 213.4 x 22.9mm | 430.92g
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New.
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0415070058
  • 9780415070058

About Suzanne Macalister

Suzanne MacAlister is Lecturer in Ancient Greek Literature and Classical Civilisation at the University of Sydney. She has published on dreams, gender symbolism and the novels in late Antiquity and twelfth-century Byzantium.show more

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"Suzanne MacAlister has written a valuable study of dreams and suciides in the Greek novel from antiquity to Byzantine times."-International Journal of the Classical Tradition "MacAlister contributes to the scholarly discussion not only by literary theorists but also by sociologists and cultural historians ."-"Religious Studies Reviewshow more