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Misinformation[edit]

There's an impressive amount of misinformation here. There's no evidence that Longos lived in the 2nd century; the characters are certainly not conventional, but rather parodies; it was Daphnis, not Chloe, that was kidnapped by pirates; Chloe has more rivals than Daphnis does (Daphnis is the one that has a fling with a prostitute); and there's no mention of the opera or the ballet, either of which is just a tad more important than a passing similarity in one plot element to a relatively obscure 1980s film. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 130.195.86.40 (talk) 03:00, 16 September 2008 (UTC)

Is that BBC radio play really so important? I'd say delete the heading, 2nd paragraph and cast list. And it's no longer downloadable, so why mention that at all. WP:VANITY --94.222.122.127 (talk) 23:08, 2 June 2010 (UTC)

The original story was written in Greek, but there are considerable reasons to suggest that the writer was NOT of Greek culture but Roman, or at least written for a Roman audience, which corresponds far better to a writing date of around 200 - 400 AD, and written in Greek as a way to make it seem like it was an old story from 'way back when.' (The theme and characterization of "romantic" love and "companionate" marriage, as well as the style of Greek and the nostalgic imagery of pastoral life which suggests someone who did not live in the "idyllic" times being described nor write as a native ancient Greek speaker all suggest at least a middle/late Roman period writing.) Either way even a date of 2nd Century AD is inappropriate to describe as "Ancient Greek", since it would have been under rule of the Roman Empire for at least two centuries. The characters are hardly conventional, as previously noted -- they may seem conventional to modern readers, but that is more due to the story's influence on future romance stories and hero literature than a relationship to previous writing conventions, per se.Morgainari (talk) 12:00, 28 July 2011 (UTC)

Influences and Adaptations[edit]

The quote from Rinder is disinformation. The film Princess Bride derived from the novel The Princess Bride. If Longus was an influence at all he was an influence on William Goldman, who wrote both the 1973 novel and script for the 1987 film. Markdf10825 (talk) 15:22, 22 June 2011 (UTC)

Editio princeps[edit]

The Junta edition in Greek of 1598 at Florence is the first edition. Not 'first printed edition' since MSS are not 'editions', but publications. This is despite the fact that there are several earlier vernacular editions; translations are not the original work, and it was written originally in Greek. This important edition is rare, with around 30 copies existing.It is unillustrated.And of course lacks the portion (about one leaf) discovered in the early 19thC.125.239.109.62 (talk) 04:58, 23 January 2013 (UTC)

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