Longus cover

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Ancient Greek writer

199   -   199

genre: Ancient Greek novel
occupation: writer

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

the only known work of the 2nd century AD Greek novelist and romancer Longus

author: Longus

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