Heliodorus’ Ethiopian Story. (summary, Book 3)
After a longish description of the ritual itself for the curious Knemon, Calasiris mentions that the leader of the Thessalians, who claimed to be a direct descendent of Achilles, is Theagenes. Theagenes draws the attention of all, until Charicleia appears, who has a role in the ritual. At first sight they fall in love, as Calasiris alone observes. When Calasiris returned to Charicles’ home, he finds Charicleia already disturbed with love, although only he realizes what is the problem. To her worried father however, Calasiris proclaims that Charicleia is suffering under the influence of the Evil Eye, and promises to help all he can. He and Charicles then go to a banquet put on by Theagenes, and Calasiris notes how Theagenes too is sick with love. He is toasted by Theagenes, and that night Apollo and Artemis commend the couple to him and order him to return to Egypt with them. At first light the next morning Theagenes comes to Calasiris, who proclaims Theagenes is in love. The startled young man confesses that he is in a desperate way, and swears to do whatever Calasiris tells him. Then Calasiris goes off to meet Charicles, who has had an alarming dream and who is deeply worried about his daughter’s deteriorating condition. Calasiris examines Charicleia, who is in a bad way. Calasiris promises to effect a cure soon and leaves.