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Callirhoe (Loeb Classical Library) Hardcover – 12 Oct 1995

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  • Hardcover: 436 pages
  • Publisher: Loeb (12 Oct. 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0674995309
  • ISBN-13: 978-0674995307
  • Product Dimensions: 11.5 x 2.1 x 16.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 992,833 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Chariton s Callirhoe, subtitled Love Story in Syracuse, is a fast-paced historical romance of the fi....


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I wonder if Chariton was the Sidney Sheldon of his day. This book had it all and was a great romp through the 1st century Mediterranean and Asia with a large cast of characters, exotic locations, plots, double-crossings, life, love, death, you name it. Buried alive after an accidental blow from Chaereas, our Sicilian heroine Callirhoe is found by pirate tomb-robbers and carried off to Ionia where she is sold into slavery. Dionysus falls in love with her and tries everything to woo her, but she only agrees when she finds out she's pregnant by Chaereas and thinks this is the way to save her child. Everyone who sees her falls in love with her and she's pursued by all she meets. Chaereas hears from the pirates that she is still alive and heads off in pursuit to win her back. Their journey goes from Ionia to Babylon and back to a war in Egypt before the lovers are reunited and head home to Sicily. Great stuff, I loved it!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Love in the second century. 12 Nov. 2002
By Luc REYNAERT - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This lively and fluently written story contains all the ingredients of a modern bookstall love story: jealousy, apparent death, kidnapping, war, slavery, assault on chastity and ultimately ... true love and a happy marriage.
Callirhoe: My damned beauty is the cause of my misfortune.
Like most of the theatre plays in the Ancient World, novels like this one were an evasion out of the difficult and dangerous living conditions. It is clear that kidnapped beautiful girls didn't have the same ultimate fortune of Callirhoe.
New here is that her jealous husband is the cause of her misfortune, whereas normally it are the parents or another member of the family.
This book is still a worth-while read and gives a good picture of the living conditions at that time. The psychology is more than just a black and white portrait.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Review of Loeb's Callihroe 12 Aug. 2010
By Ryan Mease - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This is a great edition of a frankly flat work. I've read several Hellenistic 'erotica,' and found this to be the dullest yet. However, I want to emphasize that Goold has done a great job of translating, introducing and editing this text. HIs thoughtful footnotes were especially appreciated.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A nice weekend read. 20 Nov. 2012
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I found out about this book through a writer's email group, and the idea of a book presented in two languages intrigued me, even though I can only read English. When I first began reading this story, i was delighted. The narrative style of it struck me like reading passages out of the Bible. But as I got drawn into the story it got even better. Not only was it an engaging tale, but one of the most concise testimonials I've ever seen regarding the foibles of human nature. Some of the situations and reaction to them were side-splittingly funny, and mostly because they were so spot on. I can only say that it appears human nature hasn't changed one iota in two thousand years. This is not a deep, thought-provoking book, just a very enjoyable weekend read. I highly recommend it.
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