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  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press (Jan. 14 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0674995309
  • ISBN-13: 978-0674995307
  • Product Dimensions: 2.1 x 11.4 x 16.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 272 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #658,054 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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
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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A nice weekend read. Nov. 19 2012
By David G - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
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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