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AGATHOS DAIMÔN in CHARITON'S CHAEREAS and CALLIRHOE (5.1.6, 5.7.10): SOME RAMIFICATIONS

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)591
Number of pages602
JournalCLASSICAL QUARTERLY
Volume68
Issue number2
DOIs
Published1 Feb 2019

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Abstract

In this article I make three interrelated claims about Chariton's use of ἀγαθὸς δαίμων in connection with the protagonist Chaereas, who is believed to be dead. First, that it reflects a funerary formula peculiar to inscriptions from Caria, and therefore potentially supports the author's declaration to be a native of Aphrodisias in Caria; second, that the use of this funerary formula suggests an awareness of events subsequent to the death of Nero (especially the series of false Neros), which has ramifications for the novel's date, use of imperial history, and ideological thrust; and third, that numismatic evidence from Alexandria supports an association between Chaereas and Nero.

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