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‘A mirror carried along a high road’? Reflections on (and of) Society in the Greek Novel

Sophie Lalanne


The relationship between the Greek novel and the ‘real world’ deserves reconsideration. Because the Greek-speaking provinces of the Roman Empire have recently inspired a large number of publications, this paper aims at delivering some remarks relative to the sort of historical informations which can be drawn from these texts, so far improperly characterized as ‘ideal novels’. Concerning elite, for instance, wealth appears to be more important than eugeneia, even if it allows to perform prestige through the same social practices of differentiation than before. Secondary roles and even groups of ordinary people (sailors, goatherds) display a large description of Greek civic societies, not restricted to the elite.

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