Year/Century: 17th century
Subject: Literature & Fiction
Description: Greek Epistolae. Translated from Latin with annotations. Editor & Animator Tertia Edition. Probably in the fifth or sixth century CE, by Aristaenetus Paris: Marcum Orry, 1610. This collection of fictional erotic and comedic letters, modeled on earlier classical examples, was left to us by Aristaenetus. Size 4.5 by 7"; text printed in Greek and Latin on facing pages; bound in full original vellum over boards; title page with period ink ownership inscription; engraved bookplate of the Earl of Jersey; Victor Albert George Child Villiers inside front board; very good condition, minor occasional foxing.
According to Peter Bing and Regina Höschele's 2014 English edition published by the Society of Biblical Literature, "He gives us stories of unfaithful spouses who barely escape capture in the midst of hair-raising and humorous infidelities." Aristaenetus was a flourishing Greek epistolographer who lived in the fifth or sixth century. Two books of love stories in the form of letters are extant under his name; the subjects are taken from the erotic elegies of such Alexandrian writers as Callimachus, and the language is a patchwork of phrases from Plato, Lucian, Alciphron, and other authors.
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