Tantalizing Clitophon and Melite’s Antiphilosophical Love: An Undetected Hypotext in Achilles Tatius

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Abstract

By analysing the well known Melite episode in Achilles Tatius' /Leucippe and Clitophon/, this paper shows how the novel's section is construed by referring to the hypotext of the myth of Tantalus. Moving from a close reading of the text, the article highlights hitherto disregarded structural symmetries marking Achilles Tatius' narrative structure. The paper also contends that the label of gender-reversal is at times misleading, especially if used in a simplistic manner, and that the Melite episode in particular mobilises also other sets of ethical and social expectations.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationStudi Italiani di Filologia Classica
EditorsGirolamo Vitel, Giorgio Pasqua, Umberto Albini, Marcello Gigante
Publisherle monnier
Publication date2014
Pages215-231
ISBN (Electronic)978-88-00-88074-9
Publication statusPublished - 2014
SeriesStudi Italiani di Filologia Classica
Number2
Volume7
ISSN0039-2987

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