Daphnis and Chloë Characters

Characters Discussed (Great Characters in Literature)

Daphnis

Daphnis (DAF-nihs), found as a baby by Lamo and reared by him. Though finally discovering that he loves Chloë, Daphnis is unable to ask for her in marriage until he finds a purse of silver. He is discovered to be Philopoemen, lost son of Dionysophanes.

Chloë

Chloë (KLOH-ee), found as an infant girl by Dryas in the Cave of the Nymphs, on Lesbos. She is discovered to be Agele, the daughter of Megacles.

Lamo

Lamo (LA-moh), a goatherd of Lesbos and the foster father of Daphnis.

Myrtale

Myrtale (MIHR-tuh-lee), his wife, who hides the purple cloak and ivory dagger found with Daphnis.

Dryas

Dryas (DRI-uhs), a shepherd and the foster father of Chloë.

Nape

Nape (NA-pee), his wife, who brings up Chloë.

Dorco

Dorco (DOHR-koh), a fisherman who wants to marry Chloë and tries to kidnap her. He later saves Daphnis after he has been captured by pirates.

Lampis

Lampis (LAM-pihs), another suitor of Chloë, who steals her.

Gnatho

Gnatho (NA-thoh), Astylus’ parasite, who rescues Chloë.

The Methymneans

The Methymneans (meh-THIHM-nee-ehns), who carry off Chloë but, frightened by Pan, return her.

Lycaenium

Lycaenium (li-SEE-nee-uhm), a woman who teaches love to Daphnis.

Megacles

Megacles (MEH-gehk-leez), of Mitylene, the father of Chloë.

Dionysophanes

Dionysophanes (di-oh-nih-SO-fuh-neez), owner of Lamo and the father of Daphnis.

Astylus

Astylus (as-TI-luhs), the son of Dionysophanes and the young master of Lamo.

Eudromus

Eudromus (yew-DROH-muhs), Astylus’ page.