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The ancient Roman novel: basis of the genre, scenario of production and narratological characteristics

Abstract

The project consists of a series of studies that focus on the ancient roman novel and it is part of a large Collection envisioned to present several literary genres produced by the Ancient Latin Literature. Initially, the approach to the romance genre will take into account its marginal nature under which this type of text was shaped in relation to the poetics and ancient rhetoric. Observing similarities and differences between old and contemporary notions about the ancient roman novel, we can say that its process of formation brings important consequences, also nowadays, to the development and practice of this genre. This proposal will take into consideration the definition, characteristics and origin of the roman novel. The main focus will be placed on the following works and its authors; Satyricon, by Petronius (middle of the 1st century AD), The Golden Ass, by Apuleius (last quarter of the 2nd century AD) and also on other works of fictional prose narrative written in Latin. We also plan to insert an anthology comprised of texts from the Researcher and commentaries related to a brief but essential bibliography to study in depth the ancient romance genre. (AU)