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Aristaenetus, Erotic Letters
Bing, Peter and Regina Höschele

Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2014 pp. xxxvi + 147. $39.95

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Description: 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.

Subjects: Greco-Roman Literature, Literature, Methods, Linguistics, Greek, Literary Approaches, Poetics

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Review by Richard I. Pervo
Published 6/18/2015
Citation: Richard I. Pervo, review of Peter Bing and Regina Höschele, Aristaenetus, Erotic Letters, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2015).


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