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Syene as face of battle: Heliodorus and late antique historiography

Syene as face of battle: Heliodorus and late antique historiography
Syene as face of battle: Heliodorus and late antique historiography
Although it has long been recognised that Heliodorus imbues his novel with verisimilitude via intertextual engagement with earlier historians, particularly Herodotus, this article argues that Heliodorus looked to contemporary, late antique exponents of historiography to provide stylistic models for his narrative of the siege of Syene in Book 9 of the Aethiopica. Conversely, this article also demonstrates that some historians, particularly Ammianus Marcellinus, composed their narratives of historical sieges based upon narrative topoi, and not exclusively, as has sometimes been suggested, on their personal experience of battle.
1568-3532
1-26
Ross, Alan
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Ross, Alan
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Ross, Alan (2015) Syene as face of battle: Heliodorus and late antique historiography. Ancient Narrative, 2015 (AN 12), 1-26.

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Although it has long been recognised that Heliodorus imbues his novel with verisimilitude via intertextual engagement with earlier historians, particularly Herodotus, this article argues that Heliodorus looked to contemporary, late antique exponents of historiography to provide stylistic models for his narrative of the siege of Syene in Book 9 of the Aethiopica. Conversely, this article also demonstrates that some historians, particularly Ammianus Marcellinus, composed their narratives of historical sieges based upon narrative topoi, and not exclusively, as has sometimes been suggested, on their personal experience of battle.

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Published date: 1 September 2015
Organisations: History

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Local EPrints ID: 389490
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/389490
ISSN: 1568-3532
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Date deposited: 08 Mar 2016 12:12
Last modified: 11 Dec 2021 09:16

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Author: Alan Ross

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