Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics

Get access

Greek Novel, Translation
(5,120 words)


Hellenistic and Roman Imperial fiction sprang from the ashes of the Achaemenid Empire (c. 550–330 BCE). The autonomy that Iranian regents afforded their subject peoples laid the groundwork for social policy under Alexander, the Diadokhoi, and Roman gover­nance of the Near East. As literary fiction developed over the course of the “long” Hellenistic period, the diversity of languages and cultures not only shaped the kinds of narratives produced: polyglos…

Cite this page
Daniel Selden, “Greek Novel, Translation”, in: Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics, General Editor: Georgios K. Giannakis. Consulted online on 25 September 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2214-448X_eagll_COM_00000168>
First published online: 2014

▲   Back to top   ▲