Longus (LAHNG-uhs), about whose life nothing is known, is the author of Daphnis and Chloe (English translation, 1916), a Greek prose work dated to the late second or early third century c.e. It belongs to a genre (erotici graeci) typified by stories of young lovers who endure separation, supernatural occurrences, and unexpected hardships before being reunited.
Set on the island Lesbos, the work consists of four books. The principal characters are foundlings who experience their own romantic awakenings even as they encounter numerous obstacles. The plot includes kidnapping, war, divine intervention, and romantic interludes. Longus’s writing excels in lush description and a vivid natural imagery reminiscent of contemporary visual arts.