Achilles Tatius: Leucippe and Clitophon
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A. Life, work, reception profile

The Byzantine Suda (10th cent.) gives Alexandria as Achilles’ place of birth. It also calls him a Christian and even reports his ordination as a bishop, but both assertions are regarded as unhistorical, and, as with Heliodorus, are generally seen as attempts to explain away A.’ popularity with a Christian audience. The Suda also gives A. as the author of etymological and (fragmentarily preserved) astronomical and polygraphic treat…

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Hurka, Florian, “Achilles Tatius: Leucippe and Clitophon”, in: Brill’s New Pauly Supplements I - Volume 5 : The Reception of Classical Literature, English edition by Matthijs H. Wibier (2012). Original German-language edition: Die Rezeption der antiken Literatur. Herausgegeben von Christine Walde in Verbindung mit Brigitte Egger. Serie: Der Neue Pauly Supplemente 1. Staffel, herausgegeben von Hubert Cancik, Manfred Landfester und Helmuth Schneider, Band 7. Stuttgart, Germany. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH (2010). Consulted online on 22 February 2019 <>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: 9789004218932, 20101111

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