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Aristaenetus (Greek: Ἀρισταίνητος) was an ancient Greek epistolographer who flourished in the 5th or 6th century. He was formerly identified with Aristaenetus of Nicaea (the friend of Symmachus[disambiguation needed]), who perished in an earthquake at Nicomedia in 358, but internal evidence points to a much later date. Under his name, two books of love stories, in the form of letters, are extant; the subjects are borrowed from the erotic elegies of such Alexandrian writers as Callimachus, and the language is a patchwork of phrases from Plato, Lucian, Alciphron and others.


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