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Calasiris holds a preeminent position among other priests only insofar as his relationship with the gods seems to be extraordinarily close.

Ethnicity and Genealogy in Heliodorus’ “Aethiopica”: Theagenes Reconsidered

The large crowd of onlookers was loud in their praises of the god for granting me an oracle the very first time I approached him. Hospitality and Xenophobia in the Graeco Roman World.

My natural father I have never seen; my adoptive father, Charicles, alas, I have betrayed; now I have lost neliodorus man who took me into his care, cherished me, and saved my life.

Albert Henrichs Part I. Printed in Great Britain by F. Go then and take these whom we deliver to you; make them the companions of your journey; consider them as your own children.

Other codices have since been discovered. Greek Priests of Sarapis? Heliodorus’ treatment of language in the novel is, as other scholars have suggested, both based on a desire for realism and an emphasis on interpretive processes, but this is not the whole story.

Serving the Gods kata ta he,iodorusSusan Guettel Cole 4. Calasiris, it is true, is a life-like personality, perhaps drawn from the author himself, and Chariclea is a thoroughly satisfactory heroine; romantic, virtuous, beautiful, and in the recognition sense as skilful an advocate as Portia herself. Heliodorus is not a psychologist, nor yet is he a stylist. In this way, Calasiris directs attention away from himself as priest, and towards the scholar and philosopher that he desires to be regarded as.


Our understanding of the novel will be better if we take into account the author’s treatment of language, and the novel itself may present tantalizing glimpses into the attitudes toward language present in the culture of the author and the novel’s first readers.

Thus, having opened the story with an ecphrastic riddle 1. Even though the importance of culture in shaping identity aethuopica this novel cannot be heliodorys, the case of Theagenes suggests that character traits can still travel along the genealogical axis. They become role models with whom all Greeks can identify without any difficulty. Preparing document for printing…. The Aethiopica is indebted to the works of Homer and Euripides. Despite the fact that a priest always had an important function in both the political and the religious life of a polisin literary fiction the emphasis can be placed upon one or the other of these spheres alone.

With the assistance of Calasiris and the Athenian Cnemon, whose biography is included in the novel as a kind of hekiodorus, they finally come to Memphis, where Calasiris, shortly before his death, decides the quarrel between his two sons as to which of them will succeed him as high priest. In short, my happiness was complete, for I spent my time either performing holy rituals aethio;ica taking part in sacrifices.

Cross-Language Communication in Heliodorus’ Aethiopica

Heliodorus is referring to the Spartan lawgiver, whose visit to Delphi is narrated by Herodotus 1. This evident intertextual dialogue with Herodotus solves a Herodotean aporia: For a priest, and the priest of the god with the greatest powers of prophecy at that, you strike me as a pretty poor interpreter of dreams. Abstract This dissertation analyzes why Heliodorus pays so much attention to foreign languages in the Aethiopica and how his description of these linguistic phenomena colors the work.


In mentioning these deities, Heliodorus not only alludes to their symbolism of light, which provides the protagonists as well as the reader with an all-embracing illumination, but he completes the religious syncretism which is presented in the figure of the priest.

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.

Language also helps aid the author’s characterization. He is a universal priest who can be called in anywhere, and who can therefore also participate in sacrificial ceremonies for Apollo in Delphi: I have ventured therefore occasionally, with some reluctance, to break up his carefully arranged processions and substitute a simpler form.

His date should probably be placed about the beginning of the third century of our era, and the only real faces in our procession concerning him are those given on the last page of his book: In the richness of his invention and the dexterity of his narrative Heliodorus can give some useful lessons to our modern novelists, and in the skill wherewith he plans his tale he may be placed almost on a level with Homer and Virgil. In the case of Christian divine men, orthodox religious belief combined with a sound knowledge of the Scriptures is a further characteristic, as their reliability as mediators between God and men must be ensured.