Longus in Harpers Dictionary of Classical Antiquities (1898)

(Αόγγος). A writer who probably lived in the third century A.D. He was the author of a Greek pastoral romance, Daphnis and Chloe, in four books. It is considered the best of all ancient romances which have come down to us, on account of its deep and natural feeling, its grace of narrative, and the comparative purity and ease of its language. It has suggested many imitations by Italian, French, German, and English writers, the more famous being Bernardin de St. Pierre's Paul et Virginie. The rare translation by John Day of the French version of Amyot was reprinted in 1890. The Greek text is edited by Hirschig with a Latin version in the Erotici Scriptores of the Didot collection (Paris, 1856). Translation by Smith (London, 1855). See Novels and Romances.

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