Abstract

In the Greek Romances by Achilles Tatius (Leucippe and Clitophon) and Heliodorus (An Ethiopian Tale), the virginity of the central heroine is not only central, but curiously problematized. In this article I explore the ways that these two novelists construct the plot of Romance around the tension between the heroine's physical integrity, and the reader's desire to know about her sexual experience. Both authors display considerable cunning in maintaining this tension, ultimately defining virginity as a state which can never be fully known, except in the moment of its loss.

Publisher

Aureal Publications

Publication Date

1-1-2010

Publication Title

Ramus: Critical Studies in Greek and Roman Literature

Department

Classics

Document Type

Article

Keywords

Greek Romances

Document Version

post-print

Language

English

Format

text

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