Heliodorus Summary

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Essays & Analysis (9)

8,702 words, approx. 30 pages
In the following essay, an anonymous reviewer describes some defects of narrative and character in the Aethiopica. “It is not in Provence, (Provincia Romanorum,) as is commonly said from the de... Read more
16,714 words, approx. 56 pages
In the following essay, Forcione details the influence of the Aethiopica in sixteenth century literary circles. Not everyone can be a Theagenes or an Aristotle. Cristóbal Suárez de Figu... Read more
6,450 words, approx. 22 pages
In the following excerpt, Heiserman analyzes Heliodorus's development of plot, focusing on the theme of destiny and its role in the lives of its main characters. … Like other romances, t... Read more
18,211 words, approx. 61 pages
In the following essay, Sandy analyzes Heliodorus's literary techniques, particularly his skill in the presentation of characters, which includes advancements in integration, motivation, multi-... Read more
5,697 words, approx. 19 pages
In the following excerpt, Hägg presents an overview of the Aethiopica. Heliodorus of Emesa left behind the heaviest novel, in terms of both volume—some 300 standard printed pages—... Read more
3,995 words, approx. 14 pages
In the following essay, Bowersock examines how the author of the Historia Augusta made use of the Aethiopica. The discovery of papyri has pushed back the chronology of the extant novels to dates far e... Read more
6,629 words, approx. 23 pages
In the following essay, Morgan contends that Heliodorus sought the active participation of readers by engaging their imaginations in solving riddles presented in his narrative. In the last book of Hel... Read more
7,016 words, approx. 24 pages
In the following essay, Doody discusses aspects of The Wanderer and Clarissa which derive from the Aethiopica. In 1789 there appeared a new English edition of Heliodorus's Aethiopica, translate... Read more
14,652 words, approx. 49 pages
In the following essay, Selden examines the Aethiopica as one of the earliest narrative texts to tackle the origins and structure of racial conflict. You have been the veterans of creative suffering. ... Read more