The best kwn variety of the ancient vel - sometimes identified with the ancient vel tout court - is the Greek love vel. The question of its origins has intrigued scholars for centuries and has been the focus of a great deal of research. Stefan Tilg proposes a new solution to this ancient puzzle by arguing for a personal inventor of the genre, Chariton of Aphrodisias, who wrote the first Greek (and, with that, the first European) love vel, Narratives about Callirhoe, in the mid-first century AD. Tilg's conclusion is drawn on the basis of two converging lines of argument, one from literary history, ather from Chariton's poetics, and will shed fresh light upon the reception of Latin literature in the Greek world.
Stefan Tilg is Research Fellow of the Swiss National Science Foundation.