Daphnis and chloe book 1 summary
Plot summary | Daphnis and Chloe Wikipedia | GradeSaverDaphnis and Chloe. A Novel by Longus. I was hunting on the island of Lesbos when I saw the most beautiful sight I have ever seen in the grove of the Nymphs. It was a story about Eros. The grove was a beautiful place, abounding in trees and flowers.
Daphnis and Chloe
Daphnis and Chloe (Thornley translation)/Book 1
It is set on the Greek isle of Lesbos , where scholars assume the author to have lived. Its style is rhetorical and pastoral ; its shepherds and shepherdesses are wholly conventional, but the author imparts human interest to this idealized world. Daphnis and Chloe resembles a modern novel more than does its chief rival among Greek erotic romances, the Aethiopica of Heliodorus , which is remarkable more for its plot than for its characterization. Daphnis and Chloe is the story of a boy Daphnis and a girl Chloe , each of whom is exposed at birth along with some identifying tokens. A goatherd named Lamon discovers Daphnis, and a shepherd called Dryas finds Chloe. Each decides to raise the child he finds as his own.
Hunting on Lesbos, I saw in a beautiful grove a painting representing the incidents of a love-story, "the fortunes of Love": women in labour, nurses swathing new-born babes; infants exposed; animals suckling them; shepherds carrying them away; young people embracing; an attack by pirates; an inroad by a hostile force. I procured an explanation of the series, and wrote out these four books an offering to the God of Love, to the Nymphs, and to Pan. Lamon, a goatherd upon an estate near Mitylene, found in a thicket one of his she-goats suckling a boy-baby, who lay exposed in a very rich mantle, with a little ivory-hilted sword.
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And he describes it in four Books. The Situation of Mitylene the Scene of the Story, is drawn. Lamo a Goat-herd following a Goat that neglected her kid, finds an Infant-boy Exposed, with fine Accoutrements about him, takes him away, keeps him, and names him Daphnis. Two years after, Dryas a Shepherd, looking for a sheep of his, found in the Cave of the Nymphs a Girle of the very same fortune; brings her up, and calls her Chloe. Dryas and Lamo, warned by dreams, send forth the Exposed children together, to keep their flocks.