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
Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies
Level of Degree
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
Ellis, Christine. "Reinventing Maternity in Chariton's Callirhoe." (2020). https://digitalrepository.unm.edu/fll_etds/139