The Ancient Greek Novel

31 thoughts on “The Ancient Greek Novel

  1. they are hard to read if you don't understand the historical setting ,all the names and places can be confusing for a modern person , also the politics , religion ,social mannerism and so forth since we are more medieval in our roots than ancient , but once you understand all these things it;s very interesting

  2. I gave up literature to study physics, but am thinking of going back and getting a minor in classical lit. It's amazing. You've got some great taste!

  3. Don't Leucippe's letters and disquisitions offer adequate insights into her sense of honour and female (sic) probity from her own point of view? Although Tatius creates a first -person narrative for the first part, he allows the expression of other viewpoints later, especially as Leucippe is "revealed" and in her defense in the trial. I find it well-balanced in general.

  4. You read excellent books, try Lucian's "Ikaromenippos" the first science fiction with comedy book. Lucian (Λουκιανός actualy) is great author

  5. Nice video 🙂 I've read Longus, Heliodorus, and Xenophon. I love Greek and Roman literature, and I think it's a shame more people don't read it.

  6. I definitely want to read Daphnis and Chloe, and maybe the other ones as well. I love when you do these kind of informative videos, they're great! 🙂

  7. This is such a wonderful video I just love it! <3 You make such wonderful videos all the time! On the side note where did you get that beautiful edition of Snow White and what is that gorgeous book under Snow White on the next shelf down? And where did you get that one as well? They are just completely gorgeous! I love your channel

  8. This is such a fantastic video! You are so knowledgeable and I was so captivated throughout. I can't wait to read a few of these ancient novels for myself.

  9. Very interesting stuff and I'm really grateful for the inspiration you have given me on Greek literature generally. Something to lift my reading from its jaded state over recent months. I need to be stretched a little and these look perfect for that. Thank you!

  10. Jean, do you think it would be at all possible to do a read-a-long of a short piece in Ancient Greek with English subtitles? It would be really interesting to get a feel for what the language sounds like!

  11. I really believe that a lot of people will start Reading those books thanks to you 🙂

  12. I just love your passion! It is refreshing and encouraging to see, in general, but especially on booktube where the emphasis seems to be on modern books and new releases.

  13. I've never particularly cared for the Hellenistic literature that I've read but I'll echo the other commentators in that your wonderful video has very much piqued my interest in this genre. I've had "Daphnis and Chloe" in my to-be-read list for a while now since you bring it up so many times but I just relocated to a city that has an edition of the book residing in the public library (two copies, actually!) so as soon as I get my library card that'll be the first book I check out.

  14. Daphnis and Chloe sounds interesting! And the title is so melodic. Would love to see more videos like this! Maybe you could make a separate video/series of videos discussing tropes in Greek literature in general? That would be super awesome! 😀 I'm getting way too excited…

  15. Brilliant video, love. I'm so into this. I read Callirhoe and An Ephysian Story for a romance Comp Lit class and it was fascinating to see some of the tropes that we're used to. Episodic, peculiar chronotopes, etc. Love when you get your expert on. 😉

  16. You are amazingly articulated and just so nice to listen to. And you look like Karen Gillan, which is always a plus! 🙂

  17. It really bothered me that my Classics department never offered a module on the Greek novel. I totally feel like I missed a whole chunk of classical literature – I'm amending this fault after I graduate from masters (:

  18. This is really interesting! I used to do Latin in high school and always wished I could do Greek as well. Unfortunately, I think my school only did one year of Greek for the absolute highest level there was, so for the really gifted super-high-IQ students – I was in the middle level, so I had to quit all classics after 2nd year, which was very upsetting because I had a really fun Latin teacher who spent half the classes re-enacting the Aeneas stories on his own.

    I`m currently reading The Song of Achilles and thanks to both that book and your videos I`ve found my interest in the classics coming back. I will be putting Daphnis and Chloe on my wishlist/cart in bookdepository! 

    I also currently have the Iliad and the Theban Plays (?) in my basket, would you recommend those? Knowing that I have absolutely no background in Ancient Greece whatsoever and can`t even tell the Roman and Greek gods apart
    (I currently have specifically these versions, but know that I am not aware of any differences in quality of translation etc, all of this is a guess based on how cheap/pretty they are :p )

  19. Do you read the novels in Ancient Greek or in English? (also you made me more interested in ancient Greek literature than my school did which is a really big achievement since I'm going at a Greek school! Love your videos!)

  20. OOOOO a Greek book topic!!! This is a really quite interesting topic, and choice of books!!!! I have never quite thought about reading these tips of books, but you make them sound so interesting!!! I might just have to pick one up!!!! Were would you suggest i start 😀

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