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Pierre Louys published his first novel, Aphrodite (Ancient Manners) in 1896. It was a bestseller, selling 350,000 copies, sealing Louys’ reputation as a popular author of erotic literature.

Set in Ptolemaic Alexandria, … Aphrodite is as much a love story as a crime story. Louys’ decadent, sensual vision of Egypt in classical times is a jeweled setting for a story of transgressive love. The sculptor Demetrios, the favorite of Queen Berenice, falls for a well-to-do courtesan, Chrysis.

Much of the story is set in the world of the courtesans, a realm of beauty, luxury, sapphic indulgence, and some dark shadows as well.

A wonderful, well-written thrilling and vigorous novel. A must-have for classic epic romance fans!

Important places

Alexandria (266)


Al Iskandariyah (266)


Egypt (2,000)