Heliodorus of Emesa is known for the ancient Greek novel or romance called the Aethiopica (Greek: Αἰθιοπικά) (the Ethiopian Story) or sometimes “Theagenes. A review, and links to other information about and reviews of Ethiopian Story by (), Rowland Smith (), and Moses Hadas (as An Ethipian Romance, ) Heliodorus’ Ethiopian Story is among the few surviving novels written in . The Romance novel didn’t begin with Kathleen Woodiwiss or even with the Bronte sisters. By the time Heliodorus wrote his Aethiopica—or Ethiopian.

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Heliodorus of Emesa

May 15, Evan Leach rated it really liked it Shelves: Julian—Gregorian uncertainty CS1 German-language sources de Articles containing Greek-language text All articles with unsourced statements Articles with unsourced statements from February Add both to Cart Add both to List.

Pain had clenched his eyes, but the sight of the maiden drew th “Upon a rock sat a maiden of such inexpressible beauty as to be supposed divine. The rest of the story was in an older form of English which was much more difficult to read. Nearly years have passed since it was written, but is has aged well, remaining far more approachable than many more recent ‘classics’. Descriptions are evocative but to the point, even regarding battlefield-scenes: Homer utilized this technique in both his epic poems Odyssey and Iliad.

The central love-struck characters are Charicles, the beautiful daughter of the Ethiopian queen, and Theagenes, a Thessalian aristocrat. This was not a very satisfactory experience at all, and as as a matter of fact, gets a full star only because if I leave the star off, one might think I forgot to apply a rating.


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An Ethiopian Romance

Syene, Egypt Aswan, Egypt. It has the gravity of Shakespeare’s tragedies without itself being a tragedy. The story started out nicely and was fairly easy to follow until the protagoni Firstly, it must be pointed out that I didn’t actually read this version of the book, but rather one that I found online with updated translations elfinspell.

Great opening — bandits stumble upon a slaughtered army on the beach, along with the remains of a banquet and heaps of treasure. Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon.

Heliodorus’ major influences are clearly the epics of Homer, which are invoked directly and subtly to wonderful effect.

Her head inclined forward without moving, for she was looking fixedly at a young man who lay at her feet. The book ends quickly and I did find it a bit to easily explained away. Lists with This Book.

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However I quite enjoyed this book, as the fair maiden was not only beautiful but also clever and did not j This a second book in a row that I read from that era, and I must confess did they like to make diversions and changes of fate. Ethiopian Story then unfolds in both past and present, as it is slowly revealed — rthiopian them and others — how Chariclea and Theagenes came to this beach scene, and as their adventures continue, are repeatedly captured, imprisoned, and freed.

Mar 03, Fiona Robson rated it did not like it Shelves: Well, I can now say that I have read one of the world’s most ancient novels and it was a real trip. Greenwood Press- Fiction – pages. I found this distinctly confusing and hugely verbose, often having to remind myself who was who. The plot begins at what seems to be halfway through the progression of events, and much of the story is told as tales by other characters stories within the stories.


The main characters ultimately meet at Meroe at the very moment when Chariclea is about to be sacrificed to the gods by her own father. Had to read for college class. If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?

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However Ethiopian story is one of those tales where the two characters are subjected to a series of trials and tribulations. But really, these aren’t awful. The ethhiopian that I had was a print-on-demand reprint of an out-of-copyright translation that prided itself on being based on something from the 17th century, and it was not an easy read. Probably not to everyone’s taste, this was a bit of a challenge for me, chosen ethiopisn the pre section of the Books list. The Aethiopica is a Greek romance story of the wondrously beautiful Theagenes and Chariclea.

The truly oldest novel known to the modern world, Chariton’s Callirhoewas written in the first century of the common era, almost a thousand years before Genji.