Heliodorus Further Reading - Essay

Further Reading

(Classical and Medieval Literature Criticism)


Aversa, Eric. “Clorinda's Black Armor: Sacrifice and Substitution in Gerusalemme Liberata and Heliodorus's Ethiopian Story.Romance Languages Annual 6 (1994): 208-12.

Examines the influence of the Aethiopica on Torquato Tasso's Gerusalemme Liberata.

Bartsch, Shadi. Decoding the Ancient Novel: The Reader and the Role of Description in Heliodorus and Achilles Tatius. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 1989, 201p.

Explains how descriptive passages in Aethiopica increase reader involvement in the narrative.

Dickie, Matthew W. “Heliodorus and Plutarch on the Evil Eye.” Classical Philology 86, no. 1 (January 1991): 17-29.

Argues that, while Heliodorus uses some material from Plutarch in describing the Evil Eye, Heliodorus's account is considerably different, internally inconsistent, and offered primarily for literary purposes.

Dowden, Ken. “Heliodorus: Serious Intentions.” The Classical Quarterly n.s. 46, no. 1 (1996): 267-85.

Analyzes how divine powers operate in Aethiopica and argues that the reader is expected to notice the workings of the gods even when the characters do not.

Garson, R. W. “Notes on Some Homeric Echoes in Heliodorus' Aethiopica.Acta Classica 18 (1975): 137-40.

Provides detailed commentary on several Homeric adaptations, including Heliodorus's use of the material in the Aethiopica.

Hunter, Richard. “The Aithiopika of Heliodorus: Beyond Interpretation?” In Studies in Heliodorus, edited by Richard Hunter, pp. 40-59. Cambridge, England: The Cambridge Philological Society, 1998.

Analyzes the Aethiopica in terms of its narrative techniques.

Lateiner, Donald. “Abduction Marriage in Heliodorus' Aethiopica.Greek, Roman and Byzantine Studies 38, no. 4 (winter 1997): 409-39.

Examines abduction marriage and explains it as one method of circumventing such codified rules as gaining the approval of the father of the bride.

Morgan, J. R. “The Story of Knemon in Heliodorus' Aithiopika.Journal of Hellenic Studies 109, no. 36 (1989): 99-113.

Argues that Knemon's novella functions as an inverse paradigm that better enables the reader to appreciate the love of Theagenes and Charikleia.

Skretkowicz, Victor, Jr. “Sidney and Amyot: Heliodorus in the Structure and Ethos of the New Arcadia.Review of English Studies 27, no. 106 (May 1976): 170-74.

Explains that Sidney was inspired by Heliodorus's example to start the New Arcadia in the middle of events.