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Ravel's ever-fascinating Second Daphnis and Chloe Suite brought the whole season to a shattering conclusion.
Paris Bordone's sumptuous Daphnis and Chloe, for example, is catalogued as 'A Pair of Lovers'.
In this case Daphnis and Chloe as choreographed by Sir Fred Ashton to Ravel's score.
There are the dances of favourite and funny fairytale characters from The Sleeping Beauty, Sweet Kingdom's doll dances from The Nutcracker, a sensual Daphnis and Chloe pas de deux to the glorious score of Ravel, and a scene from the passionate Carmen, set to Bizet's music, among many others.
Her early character recalls Chloe of the Greek pastoral romance, Daphnis and Chloe (Longus, c.
Amyot's translations of Heliodorus' Aethiopica (1547), of Longus' Daphnis and Chloe (1559), and of Plutarch's Lives (1559) and Moralia (1572), are said to have influenced generations of French playwrights and novelists, providing them with classical material and models to imitate.
Through a fragmented, episodic narrative, Craciun follows a few couples in their daily life in Romania in the 1980s and alternates these chapters with episodes that tell the legendary love of Daphnis and Chloe on the island of Lesbos in the time of antiquity.
In Tommies Bathing, a watercolor dashed off near the front, Sargent offers a military version of Daphnis and Chloe, with two naked British soldiers abandoning their pale bodies to French Impressionist sunshine on a leafy river bank in postures of either suppressed longing or postcoital bliss.
On the other hand, the old grammarians entirely ignored the popular Hellenistic proto-novelists such as Longus - from whose Daphnis and Chloe pastorale was born - that so influenced the Renaissance and ultimately our own literature when some of these works resurfaced.
Amyot translated seven books of the Bibliotheca historica of Diodorus Siculus in 1554, the Daphnis and Chloe of Longus in 1559, and the Moralia of Plutarch in 1572, as well as the Lives.
This book adds another to the small number of monographs dedicated to Longus' Daphnis and Chloe (D&C), the coy pastoral tale of growing sexual awareness which has always been the most popular of the ancient Greek novels.