Heliodorus An Ethiopian Romance

ISBN-10: 0812216725
ISBN-13: 9780812216721
Edition: 1999
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Description: The Romance novel didn't begin with Kathleen Woodiwiss or even with the Bronte sisters. By the time Heliodorus wrote his Aethiopica--or Ethiopian Romance--in the third century, the genre was already impressively developed. Heliodorus launches his  More...

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Book details

List price: $24.95
Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press
Publication date: 1/1/1999
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

The Romance novel didn't begin with Kathleen Woodiwiss or even with the Bronte sisters. By the time Heliodorus wrote his Aethiopica--or Ethiopian Romance--in the third century, the genre was already impressively developed. Heliodorus launches his tale of love and the quirks of fate with a bizarre scene of blood, bodies, and booty on an Egyptian beach viewed through the eyes of a band of mystified pirates. The central love-struck characters are Charicles, the beautiful daughter of the Ethiopian queen, and Theagenes, a Thessalian aristocrat. The story unfolds with all the twists and devices any writer would employ today, with the added attractions of dreams, oracles, and exotic locales in the ancient Mediterranean and Africa. Hadas's was the first modern English-language translation of this story, which was first translated into English in 1587 and was a favorite among the Elizabethans. His version of this earliest extant Greek novel remains accessible and appealing.

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