Aristides of Miletus

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Aristides of Miletus


Greek writer who lived during the second or first century B.C.

Aristides’ Milesian Tales in six books is the first example of short-story writing with an erotic content. The stories of Aristides had an influence on Ovid, Petronius, Apuleius, and Lucian. The Greek original has not been preserved; only scanty fragments in Latin translation are still in existence.


Petronii Saturae, 5th ed. Edited by F. Biicheler. Berlin, 1912.


Istoriia grecheskoi literatury, vol. 1. Edited by S. I. Sobolevskii [and others]. Moscow, 1946.
Tronskii, I. M. Istoriia antichnoi literatury, 3rd ed. Leningrad, 1957.
The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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In the case of Irish Tales, this is all the more pronounced by Gildon's dedication, which misunderstands the "Milesian Race" of the text as referring to the Greek Aristides of Miletus rather than the commonplace Gaelic claim to ancestry from the Spanish Milesius.
Milesian tale translation of Latin Milesia fabula,literally, tale of Miletus (alluding to Aristides of Miletus)
beat Crassus, they found in the baggage of Roman officers some very juicy items called Milesian Tales, by a certain Aristides of Miletus; and I have a friend who, in A.D.