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The length, complexity and technical innovation of Heliodorus’ novel make a complete analysis of his treatment of time impossible within the compass of a chapter of this length. The fabula begins with the conception of the heroine Charicleia in the royal palace of Ethiopia, some eighteen years before the beginning of the story. Heliodorus’ novel in general presumes a high level of concentration on the part of its narratee, and almost perfect recall. This chapter focuses on three types of prolepsis: a) narratorial prolepsis; b) significant actorial prolepsis; c) the proleptic apparatus of oracles, prophecies and dreams. The novel falls into two distinct halves, with marked differences in the way they handle duration and rhythm.

Keywords: Charicleia; fabula; Heliodorus; narrative; prolepsis; rhythm



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