n Acta Classica : Proceedings of the Classical Association of South Africa - The dream of Charikles (4.14.2) : intertextuality and irony in the Ethiopian story of Heliodorus

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There are strong but previously unnoticed intertextual links between the dream of Charikles in Heliodorus (4.14.2), the portent of the eagle in Achilles Tatius (2.12.1-3), and the dream of Penelope in Homer (. 19.535-69). The allusion to Achilles Tatius' may have alerted Heliodorus ' readers to the approach of an important turning-point in the plot, but it is the Homeric link that is the primary focus. The dream of Penelope provides moral under-pinning for marriage in the and helps to underline the complex ironies in Heliodorus' narrative at this crucial turning-point in the plot.


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