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Narrating Desire by Marília P. Futre Pinheiro, Marilyn B. Skinner, Froma I.

By Marília P. Futre Pinheiro, Marilyn B. Skinner, Froma I. Zeitlin

Regardless of the hot explosion of scholarly curiosity within the box of old sexuality, inquiry into significant shifts in erotic awareness remains to be in a initial degree. The essays during this assortment, which concentration upon the illustration of the wanting topic in prose fiction, increase our figuring out significantly as they probe the ambiguities surrounding the ostensible competition of female and male in such texts. the quantity will offer a wanted element of departure for next examine into alterations to gender frameworks at a time of social transition.

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27 See Konstan 2002, who studies the different ways to construct the multiple spaces of action and the possible origin of this convention in the historiographical genres. The novels by Chariton and Xenophon of Ephesus exhibit the same doubling of the sphere of action: the hero and the heroine follow different paths until they can be reunited at the end of the story. 36 Elena Redondo Moyano any historical reference. The voyage, a sign to the reader that the characters are entering unprotected territory, is undertaken by the protagonists together.

22 Herodotus’ Histories, with his opening and closing love stories of Candaules and Xerxes, Xenophon’s Cyropaedia, and Ctesias’ Persian Affairs gave later Greek writers a model for using Achaemenid Persia as a literary landscape where a particular kind of erotic intrigue can be set, one in which sexual love intersects with political power. On the other hand, in the story of Xerxes, Herodotus constructs a parallel between imperial and erotic overreach: the king fails to govern his lust for either sexual or territorial conquests.

34 Elena Redondo Moyano her social rank in her city of origin and not as the slave she now is; thus Dionysios shows virtues like temperance (syvqos¼mg) and magnanimity (vikamhqop¸a), promoted as desirable by educated and wealthy Greeks. Callirhoe accepts this unwanted marriage when she discovers she is pregnant by Chaireas, to prevent a descendant of her illustrious father from being born as a slave. Dionysios’ behavior contrasts with that of the Great King, the barbarian, to whom Callirhoe represents herself as a married woman.

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