Heliodorus of Emesa


Heliodorus of Emesa

Heliodorus of Emesa, from Emesa, Syria, was a Greek writer generally dated to the third century AD who is known for the ancient Greek romance or novel called the "Aethiopica" (the "Ethiopian Story") or sometimes "Theagenes and Chariclea".

According to his own statement, his father's name was Theodosius and he belonged to a family of priests of the sun. According to the ecclesiastical historian Socrates Scholasticus ("Hist. eccles." V. 22), the author of the "Aethiopica" was a certain Heliodorus, bishop of Tricca in Thessaly. It is supposed that the work was written in his early years before he became a Christian and that, when confronted with the alternative of disowning it or resigning his bishopric, he preferred resignation. But it is now generally agreed that the real author was a sophist of the 3rd century AD.Fact|date=February 2008

ee also

Other ancient Greek novelists:
* Chariton - The Loves of Chaereas and Callirhoe
* Xenophon of Ephesus - The Ephesian Tale
* Achilles Tatius - Leucippe and Clitophon
* Longus - Daphnis and Chloe

External links

* [http://www.elfinspell.com/HeliodorusMyIntro.html Aethiopica (English translation)] at Elfinspell

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