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By Gareth L. Schmeling (ed.)

The topic of this quantity is that team works of prolonged prose narrative fiction which bears many similarities to the fashionable novel and which seemed within the later classical classes in Greece and Rome. the traditional novel has loved renewed attractiveness lately not just between scholars of literature, but in addition between these trying to find new assets at the pop culture of antiquity and between students of faith. This quantity surveys the recent insights and ways to the traditional novel that have emerged from the appliance of various disciplines within the contemporary years. The 25 senior students contributing to the amount are drawn from a large diversity of ecu and North American traditions of scholarships. Chapters conceal the $64000 concerns facing the radical, novelists, novel-like works of fiction, their improvement, transformation, christianisation and Nachleben, in addition to a extensive diversity of issues, from literary/philological to cultural/historical and non secular, which matters sleek students within the box.

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I Perry (1967) 87- 88. 2 Suda mentions a Rhodiacaby Pnilippus of Anphypolis, a highly bawdy work, and describes its author as a historilros, attributing to him also a Coaca, Thasiaca and other works. In this respect Hagg (1994) 53 is right when he states: "our gravest mistake would be to construct a building using only the few scattered remains-and believe the result to be historically true". 3 Pervo (1987) 114 cites more than fifty Graeco-Roman titles and authors. 30 CONSUELO RUIZ-MONTERO The mosaic-like variety of these works of prose fiction has brought thematic classifications such as Reiseromane utopische Romane Liebesromane Christliche Romane Biographien Romanparodie komisch-satirische Romane, to confine ourselves to the terms used by Helm.

The letter-writers in these either describe the happenings referred to in detail- letter no. 10 of Aeschines even relates an erotic episode-or they reflect on them, as we find the protagonists of narrative texts doing in their monologues. In six of the seven "epistolary novels"28 27 For the editions of "letter-books" of famous Greeks and for further literature see Beschomer (1994). 28 The exception: the Letters qf Hippocrates, where the theme relationship letterwriter/ruler is merely hinted at in letters 5 and 6.

24 Cod. 166; 94; 87; 73. The term is not used to describe the Metamorphoses of Lucius of Patrae (cod. U9l1C&V). THE RISE OF THE GREEK NOVEL 35 scribe the protagonists of the Babyloniaca. In cod. acr~acrtv). The definitions Opa~a'ttKoV/Opa~a /{l7t08Ecrt<;, which are theatrical in origin, could be interpreted as "intrigues" in the narrative sense; this at least would seem to be the meaning of Opa~a in Achilles Tatius. aux in Phot. cod. 166: either as Aristophanian comedy or comedy developed at an earlier stageY The authors' own definitions of the genre are equally varied.

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