A careful examination of Xenophon’s geography reveals a circular pattern and a neat if rudimentary technique of entrelacement. Such an arrangement (i.e. the characters' 'round trip') squares well with Xenophon's orali(istic) style and accounts for its open-ended structure: far from being a shortcoming, this feature is best interpreted in the light of ancient oral poetics, and helps understand a number of alleged problems of this novel, such as the difference in style between the first (extra-circular, in fact) scene and the frantic adventures forming the core of the story. The circular pattern, thus, reinforces the case against the epitome theory in books 2-5.

Xenophon’s ‘Round Trip’: Geography as Narrative Consistency in the Ephesiaka / A. Capra (TRENDS IN CLASSICS. SUPPLEMENTARY VOLUMES). - In: Cultural Crossroads in the Ancient Novel / [a cura di] M.P. Futre Pinheiro, D. Konstan, B.D. MacQueen. - [s.l] : De Gruyter, 2017. - ISBN 9781501503986. - pp. 17-28 [10.1515/9781501503986-003]

Xenophon’s ‘Round Trip’: Geography as Narrative Consistency in the Ephesiaka

A. Capra
2017

Abstract

A careful examination of Xenophon’s geography reveals a circular pattern and a neat if rudimentary technique of entrelacement. Such an arrangement (i.e. the characters' 'round trip') squares well with Xenophon's orali(istic) style and accounts for its open-ended structure: far from being a shortcoming, this feature is best interpreted in the light of ancient oral poetics, and helps understand a number of alleged problems of this novel, such as the difference in style between the first (extra-circular, in fact) scene and the frantic adventures forming the core of the story. The circular pattern, thus, reinforces the case against the epitome theory in books 2-5.
Xenophon of Ephesus; Greek Novel
Settore L-FIL-LET/02 - Lingua e Letteratura Greca
Settore L-FIL-LET/05 - Filologia Classica
2017
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