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A study of Daphnis & Chloe by R. L. Hunter

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At princeps generis quanta maiora parauit intra pastorem sibi nomina! Daphnin amarunt Sicelides Musae; dexter donauit auena Phoebus Castalia et iussit, proiectus in herba si quando caneret, laetos per prata, per arua ad Daphnin properare greges riuosque silere. ille ubi, septena modulatus harundine carmen, mulcebat siluas, non umquam tempore eodem Siren assuetos effudit in aequore cantus; Scyllaei tacuere canes; stetit atra Charybdis; et laetus scopulis audiuit iubila Cyclops. progeniem hauserunt et nomen amabile flammae.

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Illis munus erant decussa Cydonia ramo, et dare puniceis plena canistra rubis, nunc uiolas tondere manu, nunc mixta referre lilia uimineos lucida per calathos, et portare suis uestitas frondibus uuas aut uariam plumae uersicoloris auem. his tum blanditiis furtiua per antra puellae oscula siluicolis empta dedere uiris. ' (Prop. 25-46) The idea of the Golden Age was important in the second century, but we must not overstress its role in D&C: although it is true that the peasant farmer was often seen as the last survivor of the Golden Age 22 and the character of Gnathon clearly besmirches the pristine purity of the countryside (cf.

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