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Aristaenetus, Erotic Letters
translated with commentary by Peter Bing and Regina Höschele
SBL Press, 2014
eISBN: 978-1-58983-742-3 | Cloth: 978-1-58983-882-6 | Paper: 978-1-58983-741-6
Library of Congress Classification PA3874.A3E5 2013
Dewey Decimal Classification 880.803538

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ABOUT THIS BOOK

The first complete English translation of Aristaenetus in nearly three centuries


Through allusion and adaption of earlier authors, Aristaenetus recounts tales that are the stuff of comedy, erotic poetry, and ancient novel. Here we read of lovers who use every trope of erotic literature to praise their beloveds in over-the-top speeches. Aristaenetus amazes us with tales of paramours hatching complicated schemes to achieve their desires, while wily go-betweens help smooth their way. He presents us with accounts of unfaithful spouses who barely avoid capture in the midst of hair-raising and amusing infidelities. This sixth century collection is perfect for anyone interested in classical and postclassical literature.


Features:


  • English translation and Greek text on facing pages

  • Introduction with history of the text

  • Discussion of intertextual connections with Greco-Roman authors


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