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Daphnis and Chloe by Jean-Pierre Cortot

Longus, sometimes Longos (Greek: Λόγγος), was the author of an ancient Greek novel or romance, Daphnis and Chloe. Nothing is known of his life; it is assumed that he lived on the isle of Lesbos (setting for Daphnis and Chloe) during the 2nd century AD .

It has been suggested that the name Longus is merely a misinterpretation of the last word of Daphnis and Chloe's title Λεσβιακῶν ἐρωτικῶν λόγοι ("story of a Lesbian romance", "Lesbian" for "from Lesbos island") in the Florentine manuscript; EE Seiler observes that the best manuscript begins and ends with λόγου (not λόγγου) ποιμενικῶν.[1][2]

If his name was really Longus, he was possibly a freedman of some Roman family which bore that name as a cognomen.

See also

Other ancient Greek novelists:


  1. ^ https://books.google.ie/books?id=OvcDAAAAQAAJ&pg=PA341&lpg=PA341&dq=seiler+longus+λόγου&source=bl&ots=hruCBKgQ8W&sig=M_7uAHTUVgsPp2Z_884tBmRmmN8&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwj8rNHB66jbAhUFL1AKHcW5AHsQ6AEISDAD#v=onepage&q=seiler%20longus%20λόγου&f=false
  2. ^ https://books.google.ie/books?id=NDBZAAAAcAAJ&pg=PA154&lpg=PA154&dq=longus+λόγου+ποιμενικῶν&source=bl&ots=ZagR5vtXDs&sig=Z8mM5e1KoRf9gIlpuLVMbPDAJeE&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjF4rTm66jbAhVKJlAKHc16BqwQ6AEIPzAD#v=onepage&q=longus%20λόγου%20ποιμενικῶν&f=false

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