Aristaenetus(235 words)

Weißenberger, Michael (Greifswald)

[German version]

(Ἀρισταίνετος; Aristaínetos). Accepted name for the author of a collection of love letters in two books, probably from the 1st quarter of the 6th cent. AD. In reality, A. is the sender of the first extant letter, but in the beginning of the MS at least one folio is missing and so is the name of the real author. A.'s models are mainly Plato, Menander, Lucian, Alciphron, Philostratus, and the authors of the novels and love elegies by  Callimachus (Aristain. 1,10. 15), whose content can partially be reconstructed through A.'s appropriation. Altogether, the let…

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Weißenberger, Michael (Greifswald). "Aristaenetus." Brill’s New Pauly. Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider. Brill Online, 2014. Reference. 29 July 2014 <http://referenceworks.brillonline.com/entries/brill-s-new-pauly/aristaenetus-e135210>
First appeared online: 2006
First Print Edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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