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The Grand Scheme of Things
Narrative Deceit in the Greek Novel
Taking cues from the plots and schemes in New Comedy, the early novelists made heavy use of narrative deceit throughout their prose romances, in many ways laying the groundwork for the sort of narratives that have currency today. By comparing two of the earliest extant Greek novels, we can see a process developing that will enable innovative narrative modes in later works, modes in which schemes and stratagems deceive not only the characters but even the readers.