Greek Fiction

Callirhoe, Daphnis and Chloe, Letters of Chion

Longus - Author

Chariton - Author

Anonymous - Author

Rosanna Omitowoju - Translator

Phiroze Vasunia - Translator

John Penwill - Translator

Helen Morales - Editor

Helen Morales - Introduction by

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ISBN 9780140449259 | 352 pages | 25 Oct 2011 | Penguin Classics | 5.07 x 7.79in | 18 - AND UP
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A trio of tales offering an eye-opening alternative view of ancient Greece's literary culture.

A fascinating counterpoint to the monumental epics of ancient Greece, Greek Fiction features three novelistic works written between the first and fourth centuries AD. Chariton's "Callirhoe"-perhaps the first novel ever written-is the stirring tale of two star-crossed lovers who are torn apart when Callirhoe is kidnapped and sold into slavery. Longus's "Daphnis and Chloe" tells the story of a boy and girl-both abandoned at birth-who grow up to fall in love and battle pirates. "Letters of Chion" is an early thriller about tyranny and political assassination. Together these works open a welcome window onto ancient Greece's little-explored legacy of prose fiction.