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Artamène ou le Grand Cyrus
Title page, part 3
Author Madeleine de Scudéry and/or Georges de Scudéry
Country France
Language French
Genre Roman-fleuve
Publication date
Pages 13,095

Artamène ou le Grand Cyrus (English: Artamène, or Cyrus the Great) is a French novel sequence, originally published in ten volumes in the 17th century. The title pages credit the work to Georges de Scudéry, but it is usually attributed to his sister Madeleine. At 1,954,300 words,[1] it is considered the longest novel ever published.

"Scudery’s major classical references and source-material comes from HerodotusHistories and Xenophon’s Cyropaedia. Other sources include Plutarch, Justin, Polyaenus, Pliny, Ovid, Strabon, and the Bible."[2] But it is a roman a clef about contemporary personages.[3]


  1. ^ Word count of the online edition, using curl[permanent dead link]#93;.txt | wc -w
  2. ^ Arabella’a Romances
  3. ^ John Conley (2016). "Madeleine de Scudéry". Standford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. Retrieved 29 February 2016. 

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