The Pictures and their Functions in Greek Novel

  • Sylwester Dworacki Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań
Keywords: Greek novel; picture; description of paintings


In Greek Novel as well as in the early periods of Greek literature are known descriptions of pictures made by painters or by other artists. This paper is concentrated mainly on the paintings that are the starting points Longus’ Daphnis and Chloe, and Achilles Tatius’ The Adventures of Leucippe and Cleitophon. A special attention is given to the beginning Heliodorus’ Aethiopica, where though the opening scene is not a description of a painting, nevertheless it is presented like a painting. Also other paintings are discussed which occur in the above mentioned novels. In conclusion, a stress is put on the novelty of Heliodorus who introduces to Greek novel a new way of using description of paintings, and different objects, and also creates scenes similar to paintings.


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