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Callirhoe [Hardcover]

Chariton , G. P. Goold
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Jan. 14 1996 Loeb Classical Library (Book 481)

Chariton's Callirhoe, subtitled "Love Story in Syracuse," is the oldest extant novel. It is a fast-paced historical romance with ageless charm.

Chariton narrates the adventures of an exceptionally beautiful young bride named Callirhoe, beginning with her abduction by pirates--adventures that take her as far as the court of the Persian king Artaxerxes and involve shipwrecks, several ardent suitors, an embarrassing pregnancy, the hazards of war, and a happy ending. Animated dialogue captures dramatic situations, and the novelist takes us on picturesque travels. His skill makes us enthralled spectators of plots and counterplots, at trials and a crucifixion, inside a harem, among the admiring crowd at weddings, and at battles on land and sea.

This enchanting tale is here made available for the first time in an English translation facing the Greek text. In his Introduction G. P. Goold establishes the book's date in the first century CE and relates it to other ancient fiction.


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The new Loeb edition of Chariton by professor George Goold provides the best available text of Chariton and a useful translation and introduction...At a time when interest in the ancient novel is growing rapidly a Loeb of Chariton is particularly welcome. The translation is literal enough not to confuse the reader who uses it as an aid to understanding the Greek; the format of the series often appeals to students and amateur classicists who use it in this way, so this clarity is a great merit...At the same time, the translation is smooth and readable...There is a good index to the translation and introduction, and allusions are generously referenced in footnotes. (John Birchall Scholia Reviews)

Goold gives us the most satisfactory text of the novel currently available. (Greece and Rome)

One of the hottest properties in Classics today is the ancient novel...and we might hope that now, under the enlightened editorship of G.P. Goold, the Loeb Classical Library is prepared to respond substantively to this new interest...The high quality and usefulness of this edition of Chariton should persuade teachers that it can be both utilis et dulcis in the classroom. (Gareth Schmeling The Classical Outlook)

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G. P. Goold is Lampson Professor of Latin, Emeritus, at Yale University and Editor of the Loeb Classical Library®.

At the time of his death G. P. Goold was William Lampson Professor Emeritus of Latin Language and Literature, Yale University, and Editor Emeritus of the Loeb Classical Library®.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Love in the second century. Nov. 12 2002
Format:Hardcover
This lively and fluently written story contains all the ingredients of a modern bookstall love story: jealousy, apparent death, kidnapping, war, slavery, assault on chastity and ultimately ... true love and a happy marriage.
Callirhoe: My damned beauty is the cause of my misfortune.
Like most of the theatre plays in the Ancient World, novels like this one were an evasion out of the difficult and dangerous living conditions. It is clear that kidnapped beautiful girls didn't have the same ultimate fortune of Callirhoe.
New here is that her jealous husband is the cause of her misfortune, whereas normally it are the parents or another member of the family.
This book is still a worth-while read and gives a good picture of the living conditions at that time. The psychology is more than just a black and white portrait.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Greek romance at its easiest March 26 2004
Format:Hardcover
As a story, 'Callirhoe' isn't more than a silly romance read. It is full of the most predictable events and it gets even odder when you read other romance stories from Chariton's time: the storylines are just about similar!
Yet it can be a useful book for beginning students because it contains quite easy Greek and the story isn't quite hard to follow! But personally I found it thoroughly uninteresting to read it, and I didn't start my study to read this stuff. OK, it's funny anyway to see that some ancient Greeks weren't all that cultivated either...
Of course, the Loeb translation is well done and helpful. It's a little difficult to balance my opinion on the story itself and the good Loeb presentation but I think three stars are the best score.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Love in the second century. Nov. 12 2002
By Luc REYNAERT - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This lively and fluently written story contains all the ingredients of a modern bookstall love story: jealousy, apparent death, kidnapping, war, slavery, assault on chastity and ultimately ... true love and a happy marriage.
Callirhoe: My damned beauty is the cause of my misfortune.
Like most of the theatre plays in the Ancient World, novels like this one were an evasion out of the difficult and dangerous living conditions. It is clear that kidnapped beautiful girls didn't have the same ultimate fortune of Callirhoe.
New here is that her jealous husband is the cause of her misfortune, whereas normally it are the parents or another member of the family.
This book is still a worth-while read and gives a good picture of the living conditions at that time. The psychology is more than just a black and white portrait.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Review of Loeb's Callihroe Aug. 12 2010
By Ryan Mease - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This is a great edition of a frankly flat work. I've read several Hellenistic 'erotica,' and found this to be the dullest yet. However, I want to emphasize that Goold has done a great job of translating, introducing and editing this text. HIs thoughtful footnotes were especially appreciated.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A nice weekend read. Nov. 19 2012
By David G - Published on Amazon.com
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I found out about this book through a writer's email group, and the idea of a book presented in two languages intrigued me, even though I can only read English. When I first began reading this story, i was delighted. The narrative style of it struck me like reading passages out of the Bible. But as I got drawn into the story it got even better. Not only was it an engaging tale, but one of the most concise testimonials I've ever seen regarding the foibles of human nature. Some of the situations and reaction to them were side-splittingly funny, and mostly because they were so spot on. I can only say that it appears human nature hasn't changed one iota in two thousand years. This is not a deep, thought-provoking book, just a very enjoyable weekend read. I highly recommend it.
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