Heliodorus: An Ethiopian Romance by Moses HadasHeliodorus: An Ethiopian Romance by Moses Hadas

Heliodorus: An Ethiopian Romance

Translated byMoses Hadas

Paperback | January 3, 1999

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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.
Title:Heliodorus: An Ethiopian RomanceFormat:PaperbackDimensions:277 pages, 7.94 × 5.24 × 0.78 inPublished:January 3, 1999Publisher:University Of Pennsylvania PressLanguage:English

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The romance novel remains one of the most popular modern-day literary genres, but it didn’t begin with Kathleen Woodiwiss or even with the Bronte sisters. In fact, Heliodorus wrote his groundbreaking Aethiopica-or Ethiopian Romance-in the third century. The story unfolds with all the twists and devices any writer would employ today – as well as the added attractions of dreams, oracles and exotic locales.