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By Shadi Bartsch

ISBN-10: 0691042381

ISBN-13: 9780691042381

Using a reader-oriented method, Shadi Bartsch reconsiders the function of certain descriptive debts within the old Greek novels of Heliodorus and Achilles Tatius and in so doing deals a brand new view of the style itself. Bartsch demonstrates that those passages, usually misunderstood as mere decorative units, shape in truth an essential component of the narrative right, operating to turn on the audience's information of the play of which means within the tale. because the the most important parts within the evolution of a courting during which the writer arouses after which undermines the expectancies of his readership, those passages give you the key to a greater figuring out and interpretation of those so much subtle of the traditional Greek romances.

In many works of the second one Sophistic, descriptions of visible conveyors of meaning--artworks and dreams--signaled the presence of a deeper that means. This that means used to be published within the texts themselves via an interpretation offered via the writer. the 2 novels handy, even though, manage this conference of hermeneutic description by way of taking part in upon their readers' expectancies and luring them into the seize of wrong exegesis. hired for various leads to the context of every paintings, this method has related implications in either for the connection among reader and writer because it arises out of the former's involvement with the text.

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DESCRIPTION AND INTERPRETATION Although Callistratus as viewer-narrator had engaged in var­ ious conjectures prior to the interpreter's account, it was not until the latter's explanation that he was able to understand the work fully; and so for statues as well as for paintings, the same hermeneutic approach to description can be brought into play. As used in these essays and published lectures of sophists and orators of the Second Sophistic, then, descriptions of both paintings and statues (whether real or imaginary) are often tied to some type of interpretive activity, whose need is impressed upon the reader by the introduction of the con­ fused viewer and by the ambiguous nature of the painting itself.

7). Finally, and again like a painting, the tableau is gazed upon by ob­ servers who have come across it by chance—"precisely like people before a picture that they want to interpret" remarks Palm pregnantly (Palm 1965, 195). The scene is described through their eyes, but these brigands, the only viewers in the text, cannot understand what they see. Precisely like the conventional viewers of introductory pictures, they are άπορούντες, at a loss. Here, where Achilles offers a young man telling a story in the place of a clearly identified interpretation, Heliodorus of­ fers nothing.

Winkler points out to me that Artemidorus believes the masses do not have allegorical dreams; only those who have the requisite knowledge to interpret such dreams actually dream in symbols (Oneiiociitica 4, proem, pp. 239-40). As Winkler remarks, this reinforces the argument for an educated readership in the case of the two more so­ phisticated novels. 34 See Behr 1968, i94ff. nn. 75, 76, for a listing of such occurrences. ( Behr also offers an appendix in which are found all the parallels and disagreements between Aristides' interpretations and those of Artemidorus (197-204).

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