The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 11.0802 Friday, 14 April 2000.
Date: Thursday, 13 Apr 2000 17:46:06 -0500
Subject: 11.0770 Re: ADO Query
Comment: Re: SHK 11.0770 Re: ADO Query
In work that I am doing on Heliodorus' Aethiopica, a note explains
Chariclea's white skin from an African mother as due to the theory of "
'maternal impression' that a foetus could be formed in the likeness of
what the mother saw at the moment of conception" Ethiopian Story,ed. J.
R. Morgan (London: J. M. Dent, 1997) p. 273. n. 90. Chariclea's mother
saw "during intercourse . . .the picture of Andromeda . . . entirely
nude. . . and it had thus by ill fortune given to the seed a form
similar in appearance to that of the heroine" (90).