Daphnis and Chloe

Daphnis and Chloe

by Longus

A tender novel describing eager and inept young love, Daphnis and Chloe tells the story of a baby boy and girl who are discovered separately, two years apart, alone and exposed on a Greek mountainside.

Taken in by a goatherd and a shepherd respectively, and raised near the town of Mytilene, they grow to maturity unaware of one another's existence - until the mischievous god of love, Eros, creates in them a sudden overpowering desire for one another.

  • Language: English
  • Category: Classics
  • Rating: 3.76
  • Pages: 128
  • Publish Date: January 26th 1989 by Penguin Classics

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They wake up and feel as unsatisfied as before.

This was my first classical novel, having only read plays/poems beforehand. The only thing that I found a little disrupting to my reading experience was having to constantly refer to the notes throughout (there were a lot). However, having read it once, if I do go back to this text I won't have to refer to the notes the second time around, which should make for a more fluid reading experience.

Definitely the oldest literature I've ever read (it's dated around the second century AD) This was a great Sunday short story and I will read more about Greek mythology.

This pastoril bucolic novel ,written in Adrianos time,located in the Lesbos island ,near the turkish coast,tells all this with a lot of references to grek mithology and with happy end.

The way I do so is through this: the Penguin Classics list I found on Wikipedia (see below for the links) And this is exactly one of the kinds of books that make me glad to have this list to refer to when I choose the next book to read--especially since most of them are free and I can put them immediately on my Kindle. Things are mentioned that have an impact dozens of pages later, there's a good economy of words, but the author also is able to elaborate when necessary rather than rushing the story. I've not really read a lot from this time, but have enjoyed nearly everything that I've come across. People make a great to-do about Euripides, but I read a thing about him that was pretty scathing and have stayed away from him. 'Touching yet humorous, naive and at the same time highly sophisticated, Daphnis and Chloe is the story of a shepherd boy and girl who fall desperately in love yet find themselves facing great obstacles, because in their passion they behave, as the author says, even more awkwardly 'than rams and ewes.'. Penguin Classics Complete: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_... Penguin 20th Century/ Modern Classics (what they call Novecento in Italian): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_...

Ledizione con versione italiana a fronte su cui ho letto il testo uscì, oltre un quarto di secolo fa, curata da uno studioso che sè molto dedicato al romanzo greco, Raffaele Di Virgilio; egli nella prefazione (ricca di dati e spunti interessanti, nonostante ciò che sto per dire) contesta, sulla scorta di Wilamowitz, lidea tralatizia che Longo fosse un greco dellisola di Lesbo, e riafferma, sulla scorta delle osservazioni sul potere dacquisto della dracma formulate illo tempore dal nostro Gerolamo Vitelli (peraltro vistosamente tralasciato nella bibliografia, dove figura viceversa, non so bene perché, un discorso di Palmiro Togliatti sulla condizione femminile), che il testo non poteva essere scritto dopo la metà del secondo secolo dopo Cristo; ma sostiene anche, non so se con perfetto fondamento, che lopera intendeva fungere da omaggio implicito a Massimino il Trace, cosa che a me, tenuto conto di che tipo era Massimino, farebbe ad ogni modo esclamare, come la Settimana Enigmistica, Strano, ma vero!; e addirittura sostiene che Longo era italico, per la precisione peligno (come Di Virgilio stesso, nato a Ortona), che nellopera ricorrono citazioni latine soprattutto di Ovidio (a mio avviso poco visibili, va detto, per ogni lettore che non sia Raffaele Di Virgilio), e che addirittura Longo era brevilineo: un nanerottolo, insomma, e Longo, quindi, per antifrasi, a mo di nome da commedia, da presa per i fondelli: Nella fattispecie Longo fu chiamato Logo in qualche attestazione allinterno della tradizione manoscritta, n.d.r.().