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Title: The Virgin and her Lover: Fragments of an Ancient Greek Novel and a Persian Epic Poem
Author: Hagg, Tomas Bo Utas
Publisher: Brill; Publication Date: 2003
Hardcover; ISBN: 9789004132603
Volumes: 1; Pages: xvi, 278
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Starting from the authors' discovery that the Persian epic poem Vamiq and 'Adhra by 'Unsuri (11th century A.D.) derives from the ancient Greek novel of Metiokhos and Parthenope, the book contains critical editions of the Greek and Persian fragments and testimonia, with English translation and comments. The exciting story of the modern recovery of the two texts is told, and the transformations of the productive theme of The ardent lover and the virgin are traced from Greek novel to Persian poem, and through later Persian and Turkish literature. Of particular importance is the authors' attempt to reconstruct the common plot and individual variations, adding a new work to the limited corpus of ancient novels and shedding new light on the genre of Persian epic poetry.Readership: Those interested in ancient fiction or in Greek literature generally, including its reception, as well as historians of cultural transmission and diffusion, Iranists, Arabists, and specialists in New Persian literature.Tomas Hgg, Fil. dr. (1971) in Greek language and literature, Uppsala University, is Professor of Classical Philology at the University of Bergen. His publications include Narrative Technique in Ancient Greek Romances, Photios als Vermittler antiker Literatur and The Novel in Antiquity.Bo Utas, Fil. dr. (1973) in Iranian languages, Uppsala University,. He has published on a wide array of subjects within Iranian linguistics, literature and religion including Arabic and Iranian elements in New Persian prosody, Arabic prosody and its applications in Muslim poetry, (Stockholm 1994) and The aesthetic use of New Persian (Edebiyat, 1998).