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.

Daphnis and Chloe by Jean-Pierre Cortot

It has been suggested that the name Longus is merely a misinterpretation of the first 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.[1][2]

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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Other ancient Greek novelists:


  1. ^ Longus (1843). Longi pastoralia. p. 341. Retrieved 24 February 2019.
  2. ^ Longus (1829). Longi Pastoralia. p. 154. Retrieved 24 February 2019.

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