Charĭton in Harpers Dictionary of Classical Antiquities（Χαρίτων). An erotic prose-writer of Aphrodisias in Caria, whose date is uncertain, but probably not earlier than the fifth century A.D. He was the author of a romance entitled The Love Adventures of Chaereas and Callirrhoé (τὰ περὶ Χαιρέαν καὶ Καλλιρροὴν ἐρωτικὰ διηγήματα), in seven books. Only one MS. of this is known to exist. A Latin version with notes was published by Reiske, 3 vols. (Amsterdam, 1750); a commentary by Beck (Leipzig, 1783); and a beautiful edition of the text in 1812 at Venice. A good French translation is that of Larcher in the Bibliothèque des Romans Grecs (Paris, 1797). It was rendered into English by Becket (London, 1764).
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