You may not realize it, but your shameless behaviour ([phrase omitted]) is giving me even greater praise ([phrase omitted]): even if you kill me in your senseless rage, someone will say, 'Leukippe was a virgin after the cowherd-brigands, a virgin after Chaireas, a virgin even after Sosthenes.' These are conservative claims; the greater praise is this: 'A virgin even after Thersandros, who was more brutal than bandits' (6.22).
The less chaste Kleitophon also faces public shame in the form of Thersandros' accusations of murder.
I refer to the episode of Thibron and the aulos-player Thersandros during Sparta's campaign against Strouthas in the Maiandros valley during 391 B.C.
Now, it so happened that Thibron was retiring in his tent after the morning meal with Thersandros, the auletes.
Nor does this faltering explanation deal with the wider problem, that the whole incident concerning Thersandros seems intended to explain why Thibron was so easily surprised by the enemy.
(38) Morgan (2007, 117) makes a similar point about the narrator's analysis of the motivations behind Thersander's tears: 'He is projecting on to his adversary the performative nature of his own amatory behaviour, and so unwittingly telling us more about himself than about Thersandros
.' See also de Temmerman 2014, 180 on the same scene.
Characters such as Kleinias, Satyros, Menelaos, Thersandros, and Sosthenes circle constantly around the perspective offered by Kleitophon on the central love affair, and in the course of this paper I will try to draw out something of their importance.
Helen Morales, in her book-length study Vision and Narrative in Achilles Tatius, gives an account of the different social types surrounding the lovers, picking out Thersandros, Konops and Kallisthenes in particular as negative 'embodiments of social and moral values and as representatives of different ways of viewing the world,' who 'to a certain extent ...
Thersandros offers the prime example of negative social positioning by the narrator.
The tragic tale narrated by Menelaos about the death of his eromenos (2,34) is also patterned on a classical story, the legend of Adrastos and Atys recounted in Herodotus 1,35 f., and the speech by the priest of Artemis accusing Thersandros of [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII.] in youth (Ach.
Moreover they display behavior that befits this privileged rank, exercising bravery and generosity in helping the heroes, rather than acting for their self-interest like Thersandros or Manto for example.
A triumph of good over evil appears in the crucifixion of Chariton's Theron, the exile of Achilles Tatius' Thersandros
, and the defeat of Helidorus' Persians by Hydaspes.