ARISTEIDES, of Miletus, generally regarded as the father of Greek prose romance (c. 150-100 B.c.) . He wrote six books of erotic Milesian Tales (MrXrlotaua) which enjoyed great popu larity, and were translated into Latin by Cornelius Sisenna (I 19 67 B.c.) . They are lost, with the exception of a few fragments, but the story of the Ephesian matron in Petronius gives an idea of their nature.
See Plutarch, Crassus, 32 ; Ovid, Tristia, ii. 443 ; Muller, Frag menta Historicorum Graecorum, iv.