Historically the Ciris is the most interesting and important of the extant Latin epyllia, since it not only represents the epyllion as conceived by Parthenius, but it possesses every characteristic of the epyllion form. It illustrates in a marked degree both the faults and merits of the followers of Euphorion. Its true place in Latin literature has been somewhat obscured by the long continued controversy concerning its date and author. It is not merely an anonymous minor poem; it is the one typical epyllion of this period which we still possess.