There was an evident trend in ancient Greek culture towards narrations that were not definitively ended which characterized many important genres, from epic poetry to historiography. It originated in the system of oral communication during the archaic and classical age. Only in Aristoteles’ theoretical speculation did the perfect telos begin to be considered an essential feature of a good literary product, and from the great philosopher onwards, especially during the Hellenistic age, the Greek literary tradition developed different strategies to conciliate Aristotelian theory with its inherent pleasure for never ending stories.
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