Greek writers


Heliodorus was a Greek writer. He was born in the 4th century BC and died in the 3rd century BC.

Heliodorus came from the family of the priests of the god Helios of Emesa in Phoenicia (now Homs in western Syria). The rest of his life is unknown.

He is the author of the love adventure novel The Aithiopian Tales of Theagenes and Charikelia, abbreviated Aithiopica. The novel is considered one of the supreme works of its kind, thanks to its many thrilling scenes and twists. The cult of the god Helios and Neo-Platonism are also manifested in it. This work was very popular not only in late antiquity but also in the Renaissance.