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S. Barrett's note on 1277-80), V. Georg. 242-83. In particular we may be reminded of the proem to Book 1 of Lucretius and of a rather later piece of poetry, the 'Orphic' Hymn to Eros (no. 58). 32 THE CONSTITUENT ELEMENTS Aeneadum genetrix, hominum diuumque uoluptas, alma Venus, caeli subter lab entia signa quae mare nauigerum, quae terras frugiferentis concelebras, per te quoniam genus omne animantum concipitur uisitque exortum lumina solis: te, dea, te fugiunt uenti, te nubila caeli aduentumque tuum, tibi suauis daedala tellus summittit flores, tibi rident aequora ponti placatumque nitet diffuso lumine caelum.

1To"AT/oavIKv1Tplac; owpwv (Nem. 703 = GP 2568). A similar idea may lie behind Tibullus' amusing sketch, ipse quoque inter agros interque armenta Cupido natus et indomitas dicitur inter equas. illic in doc to primum se exercuit arcu: ei mihi, quam doctas nunc habet ille manus. 2 H). We must again conclude that, while Longus certainly 'plays' with words of religious and mystical content, he never moves beyond general notions that would be familiar to any educated reader. 59 What we admire is the novelty of the whole, rather than that of any of the parts.

3). All of these are 'realistic' in the sense that the seasons can be like this (even if winter on Lesbos is only rarely very fierce), but they are also fashioned to conform to our preconceived notions and expectations (particularly as these are drawn from the literary and rhetorical traditions). Much the same could be said of Longus' descriptions of the vintage and indeed the whole of his account of life in the countryside. (ii) The legend of Daphnis By the later Hellenistic period the name ~ciCPlltC:; had developed from being that of a mythical {30VKOAOC:;, whose erotic aA'YEa were the subject par excellence of 'bucolic' song and who was himself, according to some versions, the 1fPWTOC:; €VP€T7]C:; of bucolic poetry, into the name of any typical shepherd.

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