- Ewen Bowie
ExtractGreek writer (origin unknown) of Milesian Tales (Μιλησιακά). A copy was allegedly found in a Roman officer's kit after the battle of *Carrhae (Plut. Crass. 32. 4–6). This story, and the translation of Aristides into Latin by *Sisenna (Ov. Tr. 2. 443–4, cf. 413–14: ten fragments in F. Buecheler, Petronii Saturae4 (1862), 239 f.), probably the historian, praetor in 78 bce, gives Aristides a conjectural date of c.100 bce. Only one fragment survives (Harpocration, p. 88 Dindorf) but Ovid and Plutarch (as cited above) and *Apuleius, Met. 1. 1 (cf. Arr. Epict. Diss. 4. 9. 6; ps.-Lucian, Amores 1; SHA Clod. 11. 8, 12. 12), show that Milesiaca were short and lewd erotic tales, probably so named after their conventional setting (*Miletus). They presumably influence inset tales in the Lucianic Ὄνος (Ass) and Apuleius' Metamorphoses; also *Petronius Arbiter's Ephesian Widow (Satyrica111–12) and Pergamene Boy (ibid.
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