Longus's romance tells the tale of 2 kids, Daphnis and Chloe, who love one another yet don't know tips to make love. round their concern Longus weaves a fable which entertains and instructs, yet by no means errs in style. The demanding toil and precariousness of peasant existence are right here, yet so are its compensations--revelry, song, dance, and storytelling. Above the motion brood divinities--Eros, Dionysus, Pan, the Nymphs--who collaborate to lead the kids into the secret of affection, instantly a sensual and a non secular initiation. Daphnis and Chloe is the easiest identified, and the easiest, of the early Greek romances, precursors to the fashionable novel. well known by way of Goethe, it's been reinterpreted in track and artwork via Ravel and Chagall. This new translation is immensely readable, and does complete justice to the humor and humanity of the tale.
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