lineThe Novel

The Adventures of Theagenes and Chariclia (London: W. Taylor/ E. Curll/ R. Gosling/ J. Hooke/ J. Browne/ J. Osborn, 1717).

Heliodorus, The Adventures of Theagenes and Chariclia (London: W. Taylor/ E. Curll/ R. Gosling/ J. Hooke/ J. Browne/ J. Osborn, 1717).

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[THE| ADVENTURES| OF|] Theagenes and Chariclia,| A| ROMANCE.| Being the Rise, Progress, Tryals, and hap-|py Success of the HEROICK LOVES of| those Two Illustrious Persons.| Wherein the following HISTORIES are| intermix'd| I. The Treacherous Slave; Or, Cruel Step-mother.| II. The Wandering Prelate.| III. The Fighting Priest.| IV. The Royal Adultress.| [rule]| With several other Curious Events.| [rule]| Written Originally in Greek by HELIODORUS| Bishop of Tricca, in the Fourth Century of Christia-|nity; who chose to be depriv'd of his Bishoprick,| rather than destroy this Book, design'd by Him for| the Promotion of Virtuous Lovers.| [rule]| In Two VOLUMES.| [rule]| London: Printed for W. Taylor in Pater-Noster-Row. E.| Curll, R. Gosling, and J. Hooke in Fleetstreet, and J.| Browne without Temple-Bar, and J. Osborn in Lom-|bard-street. 1717. Price. 5 s.


[2 vols. sep. pag.] 1: titlepage/ p.iii-xi dedication: Dutchess of Buckinghamshire; signed: C. G./ p.xiii-xx "Publisher to the Reader"/ p.xxi-xxxx "Translator's preface"/ [10] pp. "Arguments" books 1-5/ p.1-261/ 2: titlepage/ [12] pp. "Contents vol. 2"/ p.1-257/ p.[258-62] books published by E. Curll, W. Taylor, J. Hooke & J. Browne/ 12.


{L: 12410.bbb.34 [titlepage mutilated]}.


RP: reel 61, no. 2.

Bibliographical Reference

ESTC: t128571.

History of Publication

Source: Heliodorus, Syntagma ton peri Theagenem kai Charikleian Aithiopikon. Translator.: p.xviii: "a late Reverend Divine" - A. Esdaile (1912), p.75-76 lists translations and subsequent editions after 1568; this edition seems to have been the first of an new translation.


Titel: "Romance [...] wherein Histories are intermix'd"; p.iv: "Poem (for with Aristotle, and other exalted Critic's I must call it so, tho' in Prose, notwithstanding it is contrary to the Opinion of some modern Pretenders of that Art)"; p.xxvi: "Story [...] drawn up in the Epic way"; p.xxvi: "Mother of Romance".


The model-"Romance" located in the ancient Mediterranean. Dramatic scenes of dispair and final joy - the lovers who move the action are seperated and united again and again. The heroes have to hide their identities repeatedly, and repeatedly they fall in love with third parties. Attacks by pirates and bands of criminals, adventures to be passed, tragical mistaken identities, moments in which the loved one has to be reckoned dead, integrated histories of others - all shortly summarized in the beginning. The preceding texts introducing the "romance" speak of a "Poem" and of a "Romance" and defend the "romances" for the "Diversion" it offers espeially to the young and female audience.