Last Updated on June 19, 2019, by eNotes Editorial. Word Count: 145
Daphnis, the protagonist, is tasked with finding a purse made of silver in order to profess his love for Chloë and ask for her hand in marriage. He was abandoned as a baby and was found with a luxurious purple coat and a dagger made of ivory. His birth father is Dionysophanes.
Lamo, Dionysophanes's slave, and his wife, Myrtale, find Daphnis and raise him as their son.
During his journey, Daphnis meets Lycaenium, a woman who teaches him about true love.
Chloë, like Daphnis, was abandoned as an infant on the island of Lesbos. She is found by Dyras and his wife, Nape. Her birth father is Megacles.
Chloë is pursued by two suitors, Dorco and Lampis, who both kidnap her, but she is rescued by Daphnis.
Chloë is also kidnapped by the Methymneans, but they release her after being threatened by the god Pan.
Last Updated on May 6, 2015, by eNotes Editorial. Word Count: 230
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 (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 (LA-moh), a goatherd of Lesbos and the foster father of Daphnis.
Myrtale (MIHR-tuh-lee), his wife, who hides the purple cloak and ivory dagger found with Daphnis.
Dryas (DRI-uhs), a shepherd and the foster father of Chloë.
Nape (NA-pee), his wife, who brings up Chloë.
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 (LAM-pihs), another suitor of Chloë, who steals her.
Gnatho (NA-thoh), Astylus’ parasite, who rescues Chloë.
The Methymneans (meh-THIHM-nee-ehns), who carry off Chloë but, frightened by Pan, return her.
Lycaenium (li-SEE-nee-uhm), a woman who teaches love to Daphnis.
Megacles (MEH-gehk-leez), of Mitylene, the father of Chloë.
Dionysophanes (di-oh-nih-SO-fuh-neez), owner of Lamo and the father of Daphnis.
Astylus (as-TI-luhs), the son of Dionysophanes and the young master of Lamo.
Eudromus (yew-DROH-muhs), Astylus’ page.