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Xenophon of Ephesus

Xenophon of Ephesus was a Greek writer. He was born in the 2nd century BC (Ephesus) and died in the 3rd century BC.

Virtually nothing is known about the life of Xenophon of Ephesus except where he came from. Thus, his work, namely the Narrative of Anthea and Habrocom (abbreviated Ephesiaca or Ephesian Tales), is the most well-known. Here the story of two lovers who are separated shortly after their marriage is told. They subsequently face many pitfalls and adventures until they are reunited in Rhodes. All the time they remain faithful to each other.

The work was intended to have 10 books, but only 5 have survived. Artistically, however, it is one of the weakest ancient Greek novels. The work is very austere, simple and lacking in charm.