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Daphnis and Chloe
'Daphnis and Chloe - Frontispice' -- color lithograph by Marc Chagall In 1912, Maurice Ravel set the pastoral love story of "Daphnis and Chloe" to music in the form of a ballet. But, what exactly is the story?
The tale is attributed to the ancient Greek writer Longus and follows the developing love between a young goatherd, Daphnis, and a beautiful young shepherdess, Chloe. However, the teenagers don't even know what love is, neither emotionally, nor physically. They need an old man to explain to them the idea of love and that "kissing and embracing and lying naked on the ground" would help them deal with their emotions.

Along the lovers' journey, Daphnis is captured by pirates and soldiers, twice, while Chloe also manages to be kidnapped twice. Many other suitors, on both sides, also hinder their romance. But eventually, Daphnis and Chloe finally marry, fulfilling the gods' scheme.

In Depth

  • The PT 50: Ravel's Daphnis and Chloe Suite No. 2


    Other Resources

  • Browse the full story of Daphnis and Chloe

  • Browse a gallery of "Daphnis and Chloe" lithographs by Marc Chagall