Document Type

Contribution to Book

Title

Theama Kainon: Reading Natural History in Achilles Tatius’ Leucippe and Clitophon

Source Publication

Cultural Crossroads in the Ancient Novel

Publication Date

2017

Publisher

De Gruyter

Series

Trends in Classics (Book 40)

ISBN

978-1501511950

First Page

51

Last Page

62

Department

Classics & Ancient Mediterranean Studies

Abstract

The Nile, a theama kainon, winds its convoluted path through Achilles Tatius’ Leucippe and Clitophon, defying characterization. So too do the novel’s natural history descriptions. This paper examines how the internal and external signification of these natural histories constructs and deconstructs meaning, perhaps even subtly alluding to the emperor Hadrian.

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