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Several persons named Heliodorus are known to us from ancient times, the best known of which is Heliodorus of Emesa, author of the novel Aethiopica.
Heliodorus was a minister of Seleucus IV Philopator ca. 175 BC, and is said to have assassinated Seleucus. 2 Maccabees reports that he entered the Temple in Jerusalem in order to take its treasure, but was turned back by three angels.
At about the same time there was a surgeon named Heliodorus, probably from Egypt, and mentioned by Juvenal. This Heliodorus wrote several books on medical technique which have survived in fragments and in the works of Orobasius .
- A Coraes (1804)
- GA Hirschig (1856)
- M Oeftering, Heliodorus und seine Bedeutung für die Literatur, with full bibliographies (1901)
- JC Dunlop, History of Prose Fiction (1888)
- E Robde, Der grechische Roman (1900)
This entry was originally from the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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