Daphnis and Chloe: A Most Sweet, and Pleasant Pastorall Romance for Young Ladies

Daphnis and Chloe: A Most Sweet, and Pleasant Pastorall Romance for Young Ladies

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Daphnis and Chloe: A Most Sweet, and Pleasant Pastorall Romance for Young Ladies

Daphnis and Chloe: A Most Sweet, and Pleasant Pastorall Romance for Young Ladies

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It is unnecessary to speak at length of this very delightful little book, because a great deal has been written about it already for those who desire elaborate information of a learned kind; perhaps also because the bulk of what has been so written is pure guess work. We have no evidence whatever about the personality of Longus, and no trustworthy evidence about his date. One scholar has called his Greek prava -- that is to say, "depraved Greek," " kitchen Greek," "dog-Greek": while others, including the present writer, if he dare call himself a scholar, find it very pleasant Greek indeed: distnguishable certainly from classical Greek by lack: of poignancy and majesty and 'logical strength, but easy and pretty -- in fact, rather like the French of that eighteenth century whose artists were so fond of it and of its fellow-romances, no one of which quite equals it in these respests. Still, a great deal has been written, by German and other scholars, on the aspects, scholarly and purely literary, of that curious aftergrowth of Greek Literature, the Greek Romance; and the subject is by no means exbausted. But there is no need to trouble readers of the present volume with . . .

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