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Conspicuous structural inconsistencies distinguish the Ephesiaka of Xenophon from other ancient Greek novels. Its narrative texture is uneven, the story's pace varies erratically, and compared with other novels, it is inferior in composition. The quality of the Ephesiaka was first questioned by Burger, who maintained that much of the work is an epitome(summary). This idea was used to account for the work's narrative shortcomings: the choppy pace, the lack of motivation for certain events, the abrupt introduction of characters. However, it is doubtful that Ephesiaka is an epitome because, as an epitome, it is a worse job than it is as a novel. Even in passages Burger thinks are epitomized inconsequential details such as Anthia feeding her dogs are retained, but potentially significant actions of gods are excised.