The ancient novel flourished during Rome
's height of the 1st and 2nd c A.D. It did not fit any prior genre
, though it borrowed from drama
and was written from a middle class
perspective. Arguable the best example is Petronius
' farcical [The Satyricon|Satyricon
For resources/scholarship, read pretty much anything by Mikhail Bakhtin, and The True Story of the Novel, by Margaret Anne Doody (Doody?) Director of Comp. Lit at Vanderbilt.