Four great comic book artists have each illustrated a section of Aphrodite, The French Erotic masterpiece by Pierre Louÿs. This classical tale of sensuous love was one of the best-selling novels of its time. Published in 1896, Aphrodite made Pierre Louÿs famous and was by far his greatest Success, surpassing that of his other well-known works such as The Songs of Bilitis. The Passionate and elegant writing of Pierre Louÿs mirrors the very outlines of the Greco-Roman friezes which inspired him. Conceived as a novel of the antiquity focusing on women and on light, Aphrodite seems to lend itself naturally to illustration.