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Daphnis and Chloe

3.73  ·  Rating Details ·  1,759 Ratings  ·  128 Reviews
Longus's romance tells the story of two teenagers, Daphnis and Chloe, who love each other but do not know how to make love. Around their predicament Longus weaves a fantasy which entertains and instructs, but never errs in taste. The hard toil and precariousness of peasant life are here, but so are its compensations--revelry, music, dance, and storytelling. Above the actio ...more
Paperback, 150 pages
Published January 1st 2005 by Prestel Publishing (first published 150)
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A shepherd and a shepherdess fall in love in those ancient days before this became a literary trope.

They are even more innocent than the sheep they herd and have no idea how to satisfy their feelings. They ask an old woman for help. She cackles and tells them that they have to sleep together. So the couple go back to the field, lie down together and fall asleep. They wake up and feel as unsatisfied as before.

Oh, and as so often in the literature of this period there are some pirates too.

May 31, 2015 Vanessa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
This was my first classical novel, having only read plays/poems beforehand. Daphnis and Chloe has been cited by many booktubers (whose opinions on classical literature I trust) as a great place to start with literature from antiquity, and the premise of this book was too good to pass up.

Daphnis and Chloe is a very sweet tale of Daphnis (a 15-year-old goatherd) and Chloe (a 13-year-old shepherdess) who fall in love without understanding what 'Love' is. Through a series of bizarre and comedic mish
Sep 18, 2016 Pink rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was such a sweet and funny classic from Ancient Greece. Written in prose and exploring the problems of two lovers, who don't know how to make love. With help and hindrance from the Gods (of course), some neighbours, as well as the odd pirate adventure, things end happily ever after...
Things like this make me lament the difference in curriculum between what I studied in school in the US and what my friend studied in Italy in Lecce. At least I'm aware that I missed out, and so I have to fill in the gaps! 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 an
Jose lana
May 07, 2016 Jose lana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
The adolescent,real pure love,the discovery of sensuality,the birth of sexuality,the exploration of one another body,is one of the most beautiful and tender events in the life of a human being;yet no ever happens and if it do, mostly only one time, and by that is a intemporal subject of novels and poetry.

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.

Is strikin
Katherine Hislop
Like a fairytale minus the fun stuff.
Akemi G
A story about painfully innocent young lovers, written by Longus and illustrated with color representations of Chagall's lithographs, that match the pastoral and dreamlike nature of the story. (A few pictures are not in the right place and order in the story, but we can forgive that for the beauty of them ...)

How would it feel to fall in love when you'd never heard of it? Now, it is often said that first love doesn't work out, but Daphnis and Chloe make it through ... just not without challenge
Nov 29, 2015 Josh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“Daphnis and Chloe” was entirely enjoyable to read, and definitely sparked a bit of a revival in an interest of classical ancient literature, of which I’d read very little in recent times. I wasn’t sure what to expect going in, but I immediately noticed a “dream-like” tone to the narration, with Longus touching on timeless and universal themes, and exploring intimacy while also maintaining a certain vacuum of innocence. It is also quite funny, and on multiple I occasions I laughed and then marve ...more
John Pistelli
Aug 01, 2016 John Pistelli rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, ancient
This early pastoral romance (dating from the second or third century A.D.) is both entertaining in itself and a good corrective to the received wisdom that the novel is a quintessential invention of Cervantes or capitalism or Protestantism or the eighteenth century. Though brief and beholden to the boys-meets/loses/gets-girl conventions of the Hellenistic romance, Daphnis and Chloe is recognizable as a novel: its protagonists learn and grow, deepening their sense of their world and how its const ...more
Jan 16, 2017 Eline rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Extremely naive teenagers fall in love while goat/sheep herding and sloooowwwllllyyyyy explore their relationship. There is a lot of drama (intermingling gods, pirates, angry rich kids, jealous neighbours) and quite some crying in desperation. Even though the story went a bit too slow to my liking, I still enjoyed reading Daphnis and Chloe, especially because of the way the author described the surroundings and the way it gave me some insight in Grecian culture.
Aug 31, 2015 Annalisse rated it really liked it
4/5 Stars

For this month's classic read, I chose a tale from actual ancient history. Daphnis and Chloe is attributed to the poet Longus who dates to around the second or third century A.D. The first complete manuscript of this tale was discovered in Florence in 1810 and it has gone on to influence cultural works and even The Princess Bride. This illustrated edition contains forty-two lithographs produced by Marc Chagall that bring to life Longus's story.

The story of Daphnis and Chloe in its simpl
Jul 24, 2016 Daisy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quality Rating: Four Stars
Enjoyment Rating: Three Stars

I'm not really sure what I feel about this one. While I enjoyed the mythological style, I feel like it's hard to appreciate Daphnis and Chloe without studying it - something that I'm not doing. As someone reading it for fun I was a little distant from what was happening. This poem(?) centres around two young lovers who are unaware of how to make love to each other, and their displays of affection and concern for each other leading up to thei
Jan 02, 2016 Rhys rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I bought this book twenty years and took it with me to Greece, as it seemed appropriate reading matter for a bucolic holiday.

It is one of the seven surviving novels, five Greek and two in Latin, from Classical Times. This is one of the Greek ones and it's one of the best of the seven. I plan to read them all again.

It's an utterly charming story about two young foundlings who grow up together and fall in love. It's typical of the style of the Ancient Greek novels, being full of adventures, pirate
Megan Hoag
Mar 20, 2012 Megan Hoag rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The most original, and in my opinion, most beautiful love story ever put into words (do not take that statement too seriously, I've probably read a total of 3 or 4 love stories in my lifetime and 2 of them were probably about animals or trees and whatnot).
I'm mildly obsessed with Ancient Greece, and somehow I am more grateful for the survival of this text than any other. Additionally, the tale is highly relevant to all genders, species, ages, etc. If you read the novel in its entirety, you will
Aug 12, 2015 Susanne rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, ancient-rome
Zauberhafte Liebesgeschichte um zwei Kinder, die, auf Lesbos ausgesetzt, gemeinsam erwachsen werden, sich verlieben, jedoch so unschuldig sind, dass sie nicht als Liebende zueinander finden. Sie müssen erst viele Abenteuer bestehen, um wirklich ein Paar zu werden. Die Illustrationen von Marc Chagall sind nicht nur wunderschön, sondern fangen die Stimmung der Episoden hervorragend ein.
May 10, 2016 Márcia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
An adorable and light-hearted story about the discovery of love, portrayed by Daphnis, a goatherd, and Chloe, a young shepherdess in a bucolic pastoral setting.

Image: 'Springtime' by Pierre-Auguste Co
Cassandra Kay Silva
This was a beautiful work of literature. The images and characters were very memorable. It had an earthy tone to it and was a great book to pick up for a single sitting that could be read and enjoyed many times again. It reminds me so much of what love feels like to the young.
Lena Chilari
,,Ne-am sărutat și nimic nu s-a schimbat, ne-am strâns în brațe, dar nici asta nu ne-a fost de nici de un folos. Astfel, să ne culcăm goi împreună este singurul leac care ne-a mai rămas. Trebuie să-l încercăm, fie ce-o fi! Trebuie să fie în asta ceva mai bun decât un sărut.,, -_-
Lee Razer
Recommended if the sentence, "I swear by the goats," said not an iota ironically, appeals to you.
Sep 10, 2015 Hanna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A single tear was shed!
Dec 13, 2016 Roberta rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: balcani
Uno dei primi romanzi, scritto nel III secolo d.c.
La trama oggi fa sorridere per la sua semplicità: due orfanelli, un maschio e una femmina, vengono trovati a distanza di giorni da due diversi pastori. Cresceranno insieme e si innamoreranno, dovendo superare qualche ostacolo prima di poter consumare. Sì, consumare, perchè Longo Sofista non si limita a parlare di sole-cuore-amore ma entra anche nel dettaglio dell'educazione sessuale e dell'innamoramento fisico dei due fanciulli. E bisogna ammette
Robert Teeter
Oct 19, 2016 Robert Teeter rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: love, young_people
Two young foundlings, Daphnis and Chloe, are raised by a goatherd and shepherd respectively. Their love grows (especially when they do things like wash each other), but they encounter obstacles like pirate raids and battles between neighboring cities. However, these end almost as soon as they begin. An old man tells them that the only cure for love is "kissing, hugging and lying naked beside one another." (view spoiler) ...more
I read Paul Turner's translation and it was utterly charming. Eloquent and easy, Turner has magnified Longus's beautiful descriptions of setting and elevated the graceful lyricism within this pastoral romance. Delightful.

Also there are a lot of events happening in a story that only reaches 100 odd pages. A veritable rollercoaster.
Jess Grayson
Nov 01, 2016 Jess Grayson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: degree-books
I loved this! This is a beautifully whimsical tale of innocence, sex, love and pirates. Perhaps my favourite piece of classical literature I've ever read!
Just not my thing, so I'm not going to finish it..
Oct 20, 2016 Emilia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Made me laugh quite a lot
Oct 14, 2016 Iva rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Not sure if it's because of the Serbian translation from the 60s I've accidentaly loaned in the library instead of Croatian, or just the fact that this was written in the 2nd centruy AD, but I'm just not feeling it. At all. Goethe was feelin' this tho, and I'm not surprised at all.
Veronika KaoruSaionji
I read this story because Mishimas novel Sound of waves could be inspirated by it (said by Donald Keene). Yes, there are some similarity - but they are very different story.
This old novel is about love between two innocent country children, boy Dafnis is 15-16 yers old during this story and girl Chloe is 13-14 years old. They know absolutely nothing about love or sex. Old friendly man tell them that if they are in love, so they should sleep together, also they (innocently) sleep and so on. :o)
Barnaby Thieme
Aug 19, 2014 Barnaby Thieme rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: literature, greece
One of the great ironies of world literature is that the sole extant novel by the Greek author Longus is actually quite short.

Okay, now that I've gotten that out of my system ....

"Daphnis and Chloe" is one of the quintessential works of the Hellenistic period, and it's tempting to conclude with the classicists of the 19th century, reading this trifle, that Hellenism was a period of decadence in Greek culture. We've come a long way from Aeschylus and Homer, to this artful pastoral diversion writ
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“For there was never any yet that wholly could escape love, and never shall there be any, never so long as beauty shall be, never so long as eyes can see.” 9 likes
“For this will cure him that is sick, and rouse him that is in dumps; one that has loved, it will remember of it; one that has not, it will instruct. For there was never any yet that wholly could escape love, and never shall there be any, never so long as beauty shall be, never so long as eyes can see. But help me that God to write the passions of others; and while I write, keep me in my own right wits.” 4 likes
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