The studies collected in this work examine the relationship between formal fiction and popular storytelling in Ancient Greek and Roman Literature. This work should appeal to scholars interested in folk literature, Greek and Roman literature, and the development of ancient literature. For over a century, research in Ancient Fiction has concentrated on the literary aspects of the texts available to us. Ancient novels had their roots traced to a number of literary genres, including Epic, Euripidean Romantic drama, and New Comedy. The studies collected in this work look instead at the relationship between formal fiction and popular storytelling. Connections between these two forms of literature were prevalent in various cultures in antiquity and also reemerged in the significant quantities of folk - and fairytales from the Renaissance onwards.
Dr. Graham Anderson is currently Professor of Classics at the University of Kent, where he also teaches Comparative Literary Studies. He studied Classics at Glasgow and Oxford, and Medieval Studies at University College, Dublin. Dr. Graham recently published several books on traditional tales, and is currently writing a study of Kingship Legends in Antiquity.
Foreword by Professor Emeritus Desmond Costa; Acknowledgements; Introduction; The Origins of the Novel Again; Petronius and Some Other Satyr Tales; Longus and the Cinderella Cycle; Longus: Folktale into Novel; Reconstructing Romance: The Role of Later Analogues; Getting Kings out of Trouble: Some Royal Riddle and Prophecy Tales; Sleeping Beauty and Our Lady's Child; Aspects of the Ancient Novella; Some Tall Stories in Lucian; Conclusions; Appendices; The Devil in the Well: An Ancient Version?; Why is The Golden Ass Golden?; Some Folktale Components of Apollonius of Tyre; A Folktale Version of Apollonius; Apollonius and Alcmaeon; Bibliography; Select Index.