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I. Definition

The term ‘novels’ and ‘romance’ are not ancient, but the latter dates from the Middle Ages, when it denoted a work written in the Romance vernacular. There was no specific term for the genre in Antiquity (drâma was common in Greek [1], fabula, in Latin, Apul. Met. 1.1, or argumentum, Macrob. Sat. In Somn. 1,2,8).

II. Greek

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A. Overview and development of the genre

In Greek literature, ‘novel’ denotes a series of texts of fictio…

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Fusillo, Massimo (L'Aquila), Hofmann, Heinz (Tübingen) and Berger, Albrecht (Berlin), “Novel”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 17 January 2022 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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