Aphrodite is a French-language novel by Pierre Louÿs. Set in Alexandria, the novel tells the story of Chrysis, a courtesan, and the sculptor Démétrios. Project Gutenberg · 58, free ebooks · 8 by Pierre Louÿs. Aphrodite: Moeurs antiques by Pierre Louÿs. No cover available. Download; Bibrec. Free kindle book and epub digitized and proofread by Project Gutenberg.

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One of literature’s erotic masterpieces Vol. This classical tale of sensuous love was one of the best-selling novels of its time. The story takes place in Alexandria in the 1st Century BC where Demetrios, a renowned artist falls in love aaphrodite a courtesan, Chrysis.

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Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Loiys to Book Page. Hardcover1st edition54 pages. Published October by Humanoids first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Aphroditeplease sign up.

Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. May 01, Dfordoom rated it it was amazing Shelves: Set in Alexandria during the first century BC, it tells the story of the courtesan Chrysis and the sculptor Demetrios who pifrre to be the lover of the queen, Berenice.

Demetrios becomes obsessed with Chrysis, but to win her he must bring her three gifts, and the obtaining of each of these three gifts involves a great crime. Demetrios has another obsession, his statue of Aphrodite, a statue more perfect than any living woman. The tale is a variation on the story of Pygmalion. It deals with themes of art versus reality with reality coming off second bestand aphrpdite nature of desire, and what happens when we get what we desire.

The novel is also a vivid lousy highly sensuous representation of the world of the most expensive and exclusive Alexandrian courtesans, a world of immense wealth, sensual indulgence and continuous intrigues, a world of women for whom love is both a profession and an obsession. Their love affairs with men are lohys, and their love affairs with other women are more passionate still. Nov 14, carpe librorum: My father told me wanted to name me “Afrodite”, luckily my mother didn’t let him.

For as beautifull as pirere concept may be, the sound of it is really strange and nobody that I know of is called like that.

Venus, the homonimous latin name for the godess, is much more appealing to me, but I got “Sofia” instead, wich I begun to like as soon as I found out it means “knowledge” in greek. But only a very few people call me that anyway Regarding this particular version of the book, a 19th century fr My father told me wanted to name me “Afrodite”, luckily my mother didn’t let him.


Regarding this particular version of the book, a 19th century french and fresh erotic story combined with Marara’s artwork can’t fail success. I struggle a little bit with the language in this “ancient” english translation, but loved the ambience. If we put it in the context of the time it was written, it was really bold in a sensual, provocative way. It still is, specially Manara’s watercolour artwork.

It’s the first volume of three, all illustrated by different authors and the only one I read so far, but I will read the others if I have the opportunity.

Aphrodite by Louys, Pierre

You may find this book available for free here: And the original text in french also free here: Feb 05, Jenn rated it really liked it Shelves: This book is available free through Project Gutenberg: Sep 21, Orion rated it really liked it. This book is beautiful in many ways, but is disappointing at times. The combination of Louys’ text and Manara’s art in volume 1 is a sure winner.

Originally published in Aphrodtie with the original French text, this English version chooses an anonymous, but wonderful, translation from the ‘s. Following a long tradition of publishing this work with sensuous illustrations, Humanoids, a French publisher, took a 19th century erotic novel by Pierre Louys and divided it into four hardbound books, eac This book is beautiful in many ways, but is disappointing at times.

Following a long tradition of publishing this work with sensuous illustrations, Humanoids, a French publisher, took a 19th century erotic novel by Pierre Louys and divided it into four hardbound books, each illustrated by a different artist.

This first volume contained 15 full-page watercolors by Milo Manara, an artist better known for his adult comics. Those expecting Manara to have converted Louys’ sensual story into a pierte novel may be surprised that this is not the case. Where Manara shines as a comic artist, his watercolors louyd uneven. While some are apjrodite, the painting of the statue of Aphrodite is a disappointment. The illustrated binding and layout is sumptuous. In Book One Demetrios, a famous sculptor of ancient Alexandria, met and was smitten by Chrysis, a temple prostitute he met.

She challenges him to commit three specific crimes sphrodite win her love. As he ponders the situation the next day, we see him struggle between his emotions and his reason as he faces his challenging tasks.

The overpowering desire is strong and he seeks to understand its hold over him. In Book Two the illustrator is Georges Bess. He is an excellent choice and his eighteen full-page color illustrations are exceptional at setting the mood for the sensual nature of the text.

All are of women in various stages of arousal and done in shades of red and saffron. Unlike Manara’s illustrations for Book One most of these do not illustrate particular scenes in the book, but rather illustrate the time period and the costume of ancient Alexandria.


The Bess illustrations compliment the text and make this volume of the series a success. Louys’ writing in this English translation from the s captures well the pagan sensuality he wanted to portray. This promised to be a beautiful set with Claire Wendling slated to illustrate volume 3. It is wonderful to see Louys’ work getting this lavish treatment. The text is still vibrant enough to take on qphrodite sensual artwork of these modern artists. Aug 06, Pam rated it it was ok Shelves: I am sure this book is a work of pure literary genius to a lot of people.

Aphrodite: Moeurs antiques by Pierre Louÿs

I don’t think my brain has the capacity to see piedre as that. I felt like I was in school while reading this book. Don’t get me wrong, it’s beautifully written. Louys to be writing fiction about such topics as lesbian love, infidelity, and prostitution in the ‘s says a great deal. He took a large step. However, the “thys” and the “doths” among others just got be a bit too much. Call me simple-minded, I’m sorry!

Basically, Pierrs tells the story of Demetrios, who, normally unphased by beauty, falls head over heels for a gorgeous woman.

However, she has a price.

Before she will even give Demetrios the time of day, she requires that he bring her three gifts. Demetrios goes through hell to get them, even committing crimes of his own. Then there ,ouys supporters of the story, mainly women, who have fallen in love.

Ancient Manners; Also Known As Aphrodite by Pierre Louÿs

I didn’t hate it. I respect it for what it has louyw. It’s just not the book for me. Jun 14, Mark rated it really liked it.

Awesome image near the end of Aphrodite. This is a well-written book by a little-known author from the late ‘s. Kendra rated it it was amazing May 08, Zoeel rated it really liked it Apr 10, Geoffrey Montague rated aphroditw it was amazing Sep 03, Barbara rated it pierr liked it Mar 08, Byrappa rated it liked it Dec 20, Jen rated it really liked it Jan 25, Minnie Romanovich rated it really liked it Jan 23, Anthony rated it liked it Jul 08, Aarcanum Black rated pierrre liked it Sep 15, Anil rated it it was amazing Apr 27, Ksenia Korolija rated it it was amazing Nov 18, Diana rated it it was amazing Jul 16, Mark rated it really liked it Jan 02, Ami rated it it was amazing Apr 10, Helena Basto rated it really liked it Dec 01, Marc rated it liked it Jan 23,