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Les frontières de la prose : métaphore et comparaison chez Chariton et Achille Tatius

Abstract : According to rhetorical treatises, metaphors and similes are to be handled with care: if they are too obscure, or too extended, they belong to poetry rather than prose. In this light, it appears that both Chariton and Achilles Tatius try to achieve a poetic style, but in a different fashion. Constructing the persona of a “Homer in prose”, Chariton mostly uses similes, but strives to keep them short and syntactically simple. Achilles on the other hand privileges metaphor, as the figure is appropriate to his paradoxical universe. Stylistically, his metaphors deliberately ignore the rhetoric rules of discretion: they are showcased and piled up, aiming at humour and incongruity. Achilles’ metaphors are typical of a frankly transgressive prose.
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Jean-Philippe Guez. Les frontières de la prose : métaphore et comparaison chez Chariton et Achille Tatius. Michèle Biraud; Michel Briand. Roman grec et poésie : Dialogues des genres et nouveaux enjeux du poétique, MOM Éditions, pp.19-40, 2017, 9782356681904. ⟨10.4000/books.momeditions.2243⟩. ⟨hal-02150217⟩

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