Miscegenation and Hybridism in Heliodorus’ Aethiopica

Keywords: Greek novel, miscegenation, narrative techniques, Heliodorus’ Aethiopica

Abstract

Amongst all the works within the genre, the novel Aethiopica stands out for its composition techniques. In fact, the author Heliodorus shows the ability of both innovate and astonish readers, by creating scenes and characters, as well as distinguished and completely original situations. Taking the verb μιαίνω as a red string, since it is recurrently used in Heliodorus’ work and also summarizes the idea of miscegenation, some pieces of the romance in which the idea of hybridity, opposition of contraries or, still, the overlapping of elements are highlighted and used in the present study. The results show that miscegenation, besides being a sign of Helidorus’ style, is a technique that gives rise to questioning about social, geographical and cultural conventions of that time.

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Published
2020-10-04
How to Cite
Graebin, G. (2020). Miscegenation and Hybridism in Heliodorus’ Aethiopica. Revista Archai, (30), e03028. https://doi.org/10.14195/1984-249X_30_28