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The Emesan Connection: Philostratus And Heliodorus

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Near the beginning of his work Philostratus connects the composition of the Life of Apollonius to the empress Julia Domna. Julia Domna was a native of Emesa, and her family closely connected with the cult of the Sun God there. This chapter argues that, although neither of them explicitly mention the Emesan Sun-cult, it is nevertheless an essential background element to both, and that they employ similar systems of displaced discourse to similar ends to deal with it. It is not difficult to find details, motifs and themes that are shared by the Aethiopica and Philostratus' "Life of Apollonius", and which betoken some sort of intertextual relationship between the two works, an awareness of one writer on the part of the other.

Keywords: aethiopica; Life of Apollonius; Emesan Sun-cult; Heliodorus; Julia Domna; Philostratus



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