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Ara Kat. €V u"(€A1IMv €'Tft. Tilv 'TfeTpaV uvaTpeXOVT€C:, ot O€ 'Tf€pt. v6v. 38 It is thus clear that although Longus has peppered his narrative with details from the legend of the Sicilian Daphnis, he has made no effort to use the legend as a constant narrative frame. 39 Such selectivity is typical of him: he drew material from a great many sources, but did not reproduce anyone source so faithfully that it came to dominate the narrative. (iii) The gods in Daphnis & Chloe No aspect of Longus' novel has attracted so much recent comment as his treatment of the divine.

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