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The Story of Apollonius, King of Tyre: A Study of Its Greek Origin and an Edition of the Two Oldest Latin Recensions
The story of Apollonius King of Tyre has rightly been called the most popular romance of the Middle Ages. From Iceland to Greece, from Spain to Russia, versions of this novel are recorded. It is the variation among the Latin versions and the numerous vernacular adaptations that make this story especially interesting. Shakespeare used and adapted it in his Pericles, Prince ...more
Hardcover, 296 pages
Published May 28th 2004 by Brill
(first published January 1st 2004)
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Overcome by the beauty of his daughter, King Antiochus rapes her. Afterward she tries to hide the drops of blood from her nurse. The rape spoils Apollonius's chance of marrying the beautiful girl; later, he succeeds in marrying another princess, but she dies in childbirth and his daughter is sold into prostitution. The whole thing ends happily, though, when the family is reunited. A fun read! This 5th-century Latin novella became famous throughout the ages, and its story was used by Shakespeare ...more