CHAEREAS AND CALLIRHOE PDF

See all: Loeb Classical Library The digital Loeb Classical Library extends the founding mission of James Loeb with an interconnected, fully searchable, perpetually growing virtual library of all that is important in Greek and Latin literature. It is a fast-paced historical romance with ageless charm. Chariton narrates the adventures of an exceptionally beautiful young bride named Callirhoe, beginning with her abduction by pirates—adventures that take her as far as the court of the Persian king Artaxerxes and involve shipwrecks, several ardent suitors, an embarrassing pregnancy, the hazards of war, and a happy ending. Animated dialogue captures dramatic situations, and the novelist takes us on picturesque travels. His skill makes us enthralled spectators of plots and counterplots, at trials and a crucifixion, inside a harem, among the admiring crowd at weddings, and at battles on land and sea. This enchanting tale is here made available for the first time in an English translation facing the Greek text.

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Chaereas is in Syracuse, where he falls in love with a woman called Callirhoe , whose beauty is ethereal, almost supernatural. Callirhoe is the daughter of a Peloponnesian War hero named Hermocrates, who is not only a war hero but the most influential figure in Syracuse.

Callihroe is compared to Aphrodite because her beauty has a way of captivating people and almost spellbinding them. Chaereas and Callihroe marry, much to the anger and chagrin of her many other suitors. Some take channel their disappointment into causing a rift in the marriage; they band together and convince Chaeras that Callihroe is being unfaithful to him. He is furious and becomes physically abusive, kicking Callihroe so hard that she collapses. She is assumed dead and there is even a funeral service for her.

The tomb is about to be sealed when it is discovered that she is not dead, but in a coma. She wakes up just as pirates are removing the lid of the tomb intent upon robbing it. She scares them understandably but they recover their composure quickly enough to see an opportunity in the situation, and they both rob the tomb and take Callihroe with them. They sell her as a slave in Miletus. Like every other man who has ever been in her presence, her new master, Dionysius , falls madly in love with her.

He marries her, and she does not mention that she iis married already. She is also pregnant by her husband, another small detail that she omits. Because of this Dionysius assumes that the son she gives birth to is his own. Chaeras, meanwhile, has heard that she is alive, and goes immediately in search of her. His search is curtailed when he is captured and enslaved. It is he who will decide which man is her rightful and lawful husband, but he also considers casting out both of the men and taking Callihroe for himself.

War breaks out. Chaeras, who is fighting on the side of the Egyptian rebels, successfully storms Tyre, a Persian stronghold. He follows up this success with a naval victory. He is then reunited with Callihroe who writes a letter to Dionysius telling him that he should raise her son and send him to Syracuse when he reaches adulthood.

Callihroe offers thanks and prayers to Aphrodite, feeling that events have been guided by her all along. Update this section!

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CHAEREAS AND CALLIRHOE PDF

He believes he has killed his wife. For other uses, see Chariton disambiguation. Nonetheless, problems concerning the authorship and interpretation of the chaereae imbued with or devoid of religion? The hero Chaereas is not a historical figure, although his name recalls Chabriasan Athenian general who fought in an Egyptian revolt against Persia in about BC. It was not published until the 18th century, and remained dismissed until the twentieth. If in addition one takes into consideration that the adoptive father bears the name Dionysius, like the son-in-law of historical Hermocrates who became ruler of Syracuse, ————— 30 Scourfield The clash between Achilles and Agamemnon is neither mentioned nor alluded to anywhere in the novel— in fact Agamemnon is not explicitly mentioned at all — and attention focuses exclusively on the Achilles-Patroclus relationship. Their schemes convince him that she is unfaithful and in a fit of rage he kicks her in the stomach, which knocks the wind out of her.

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Callirhoe Summary

Chaereas is in Syracuse, where he falls in love with a woman called Callirhoe , whose beauty is ethereal, almost supernatural. Callirhoe is the daughter of a Peloponnesian War hero named Hermocrates, who is not only a war hero but the most influential figure in Syracuse. Callihroe is compared to Aphrodite because her beauty has a way of captivating people and almost spellbinding them. Chaereas and Callihroe marry, much to the anger and chagrin of her many other suitors. Some take channel their disappointment into causing a rift in the marriage; they band together and convince Chaeras that Callihroe is being unfaithful to him. He is furious and becomes physically abusive, kicking Callihroe so hard that she collapses. She is assumed dead and there is even a funeral service for her.

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