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Dirty Love

Tim Whitmarsh

in Dirty Love: The Genealogy of the Ancient Greek Novel

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
August 2018
ISBN:
9780199742653
eISBN:
9780190880798
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199742653.003.0001
Subject:
Classical Studies, Poetry and Poets: Classical, Early, and Medieval

Ancient Greek erotic romances were primarily about inappropriate, misplaced desire. What is distinctive about the novel is that it celebrates this desire rather than condemning it.


Dirty Love in Late Antiquity

Tim Whitmarsh

in Dirty Love: The Genealogy of the Ancient Greek Novel

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
August 2018
ISBN:
9780199742653
eISBN:
9780190880798
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199742653.003.0019
Subject:
Classical Studies, Poetry and Poets: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter discusses Musaeus’s Hero and Leander, a classic (and highly influential) tale of out-of-place desire composed in the fifth century CE. It is an extraordinary witness, in an era of ... More


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