Foreign Languages & Literatures ETDs

Publication Date

Spring 4-10-2020


This project analyzes Chariton’s construction of maternity in his Greek novel Callirhoe. I argue that Chariton heavily employs intertexts and allusions throughout his novel, especially with regard to his female protagonists. Through these allusions, Chariton is not only able to insert himself and his work within the literary canon, but he is also able to develop his genre by juxtaposing his heroine with those of the genres of tragedy and epic. Topics of analysis range from debates about killing one’s child to the importance of marital memory. By the end of his novel, Chariton is able both to establish the ideal traits of a female character within the novel and also develop the important topos of the blended family.


Greek Novel, Gender, Genre, Chariton, Callirhoe, ancient marriage

Document Type




Degree Name

Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies

Level of Degree


Department Name

Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures

First Committee Member (Chair)

Dr. Osman Umurhan

Second Committee Member

Dr. Lorenzo Garcia Jr.

Third Committee Member

Dr. Monica Cyrino

Fourth Committee Member

Dr. Luke Gorton