Longinus: Daphnis & Chloe (Parthenius' Love Romances, Fragments of the Ninus Romance, Poetical Fragments) (Loeb Classical Library)

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Longus seems to have been a pagan sophist who lived about 200 CE; he is known to us only by his novel Daphnis and Chloe. This is the bucolic story of two foundlings, brought up by goatkeepers and shepherds on the island of Lesbos, who gradually fall in love. Notable among ancient romances for its perceptive characterizations, Daphnis and Chloe traces the development of the protagonists' love for each other from childlike innocence to full sexual maturity, the successive stages marked by adventures. The novel's ...

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Longus seems to have been a pagan sophist who lived about 200 CE; he is known to us only by his novel Daphnis and Chloe. This is the bucolic story of two foundlings, brought up by goatkeepers and shepherds on the island of Lesbos, who gradually fall in love. Notable among ancient romances for its perceptive characterizations, Daphnis and Chloe traces the development of the protagonists' love for each other from childlike innocence to full sexual maturity, the successive stages marked by adventures. The novel's picture of nature and rural life offers its own enchantments.

Parthenius of Nicaea in Bithynia, a Greek poet, was brought to Rome in 73 BCE as a prisoner of war. After his release he settled in Italy and worked as poet and teacher. Virgil was one of his students. Parthenius's poetry, mainly elegiac, is lost, and his only extant work is Erotica Pathemata, an anthology of prose summaries of love stories from Greek literature, collected apparently for the use of Roman poets.

This physically explicit and emotionally charged novel is fundamental to romantic literature of the modern era.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780674990760
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/1916
  • Language: Greek, Ancient (to 1453)
  • Series: Loeb Classical Library, #69
  • Edition description: 7th printing/1st pub.1916
  • Pages: 384

Table of Contents

Longus (Daphnis And Chloe)—

Bibliography

Proem

Book I

Book II

Book III

Book IV

Parthenius —

Introduction

The Love Romances

Fragments

The Alexandrian Erotic Fragment

The Ninus Romance

Appendix On The Greek Novel

Index To Daphnis And Chloe

Index To Parthenius, The Alexandrian Erotic Fragment, The Ninus Romance, And Appendix On The Greek Novel

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