Nothing is known of Longus; even the date of Daphnis and Chloe is obscure. It is conjectured to have been written between the beginning of the third century A. D. and the end of the fifth, and that its author, whose name even, is open to doubt, was a native of the islands in the eastern Ægean Sea -- possibly Lesbos.
The translator, George Thornley, a gentleman of Cheshire, was born in 1614, and was educated at Repton School. He was admitted to Christ's College, Cambridge, in 1631, and became Bachelor of Arts in 1635. Daphnis and Chloe was translated and published in 1657. Cetera desunt.
The first printed edition of Daphnis and Chloe is that translated into French by Amyot, and published in 1559. The first Greek text was printed at Florence by Giunta in 1598.
The first English translation is that made by Angell Daye, printed by Robert Waldegrave, and published in "Pauleschurch-yard at the signe of the Crane," 1587.