Tilg is particularly persuasive when he notes that both texts, alone among the extant novels, refer to the art of sculpture: this probably points to the author's Aphrodisian
identity, since that city was famous for its marble statues.
In his 2005 Cytherica: Aesthetic-Political Essays in an Aphrodisian
Key, he defined cytherics as the sighting and siting of aphrodisian--aesthetic-erotic--environments.
Many Melanesian and some native American societies were, in Marshall Sahlins' formulation, 'Aphrodisian
' in their traditions of sexual generosity, including routinely offering sexual favours to guests, traders and diplomats.