Her head inclined forward without moving, for she was looking fixedly at a young man who lay at her feet. The man was disfigured with wounds, but seemed to rouse himself a little as from a deep sleep, almost of death itself. Pain had clenched his eyes, but the sight of the maiden drew them toward her. He collected his breath, heaved a deep sigh, and murmured faintly. By the time Heliodorus wrote his Aethiopica—or Ethiopian Romance—in the third century, the genre was already impressively developed.
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It was also a kind of mixed bag for me. And all the jeopardy, and jeopardy averted, only to arrive at even greater jeopardy. But then, for the significant majority of the story, mainly when Kalasiris was involved, the story had some excellent moments and interesting turns. And then, there was an amazing military siege and several other narrative flourishes to surprise and keep one engaged. And the development of literature from ancient to post-modern has not been one of gradual linear progress from primitive to a sudden late discovery of advanced forms, but rather, everything inventive that goes into the creation of a great novel has been with us for a long long time, and there have been a great variety of interesting digressions and quirks along the way, all participating in a sort of dialog of innovation.
It also proves to be quite a remarkable precursor to the romantic ideals and notions of chivalry that will arise about a millennium later in Europe. It makes one wonder, How is it that this book was off-the-map of western culture for so long--only "rediscovered" in the late renaissance--yet it seems to have been so influential on much of literature between its disappearance and reemergence?
Either it was influential, but the descendants had lost sight of their progenitor, or else was itself a reflection of other influential works unknown. As a minor addendum, regarding the version edited by J.
Morgan, in the B. Reardon collection Collected Ancient Greek Novels a very valuable collection that Moore pointed me to , I felt there were too many intrusive notes.
The editor felt compelled to point out every possible instance where a passage or phrase could be traced to an original source, such as an allusion to the Iliad.
Heliodorus of Emesa
Nicephorus Callistus 14th century relates that the work was written in the early years of this bishop before he became a Christian and that, when forced either to disown it or resign his bishopric, he preferred resignation. The author identifies himself in this manner: "Here ends the history of the Ethiopian adventures of Theagenes and Chariclea written by Heliodorus, a Phoenician of Emesus, son of Theodosius, and descended from the Sun. Other codices have since been discovered. In the Byzantine Empire, this novel was known by the Greek readership. According to this will, dated year , he bequeathed several books to a monastery of the Theotokos , which he had founded, amongst them the Aethiopica.
Heliodorus: An Ethiopian Romance (Paperback)
The story that he was the Christian bishop of Tricca, who held that see toward the end of the fourth century A. It is obvious that Heliodorus delights in very much the same sort of things as interested Herodotus; natural science, military tactics, the habits and customs of strange tribes, the curious products of foreign lands. He has not, of course, the breadth of view that the great historian possesses, and he is a man of the study rather than of the world, but there is sufficient likeness between their two books to make a comparison reasonable. Plainly also, even if Heliodorus was not himself an Egyptian by descent, Egypt is the country that he 2 knows best and regards with the greatest affection. The Aethiopica however derives its main interest, not from the personality of its author, but from the character of its composition. It is the first and remains one of the most successful of tales of adventure, depending not on grace of literary style, or on subtlety of character drawing, but rather on profusion of incident and elaboration of plot.
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