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Clues from the Papyri: Structure and Style of Chariton’s Novel

Marina F. A. Martelli


Through a collation of codex F with papyrus fragments, I advance a suggestion about Chariton’s style (use of compound verbs, syntax, introduction of direct speeches). The papyrus fragments are valuable to the constitutio textus, sometimes supplying what is evidently a better reading. Then, I consider the time and manner of textual transmission. The text of F diverges considerably from the lost fragment of a palimpsest parchment codex, Thebanus, preserved in a partial transcription by Wilcken. Thebanus is also evidence for the circulation of books in late antiquity: the text of Chariton could have been adapted for a less cultivated public.

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