By R. L. Hunter
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20 names the nymph who loved Daphnis as Lyca uel Hedina, and so Longus may have been aware of an association between Daphnis and a lady with a Au,,- name. It is, however, equally likely that this is simply a coincidence; in the extant versions of the legends of Daphnis a large variety of names is given to the woman in his life. 32 Some versions of the legend report that, after he had been blinded, Daphnis fell over a cliff or was turned into a large 28 THE CONSTITUENT ELEMENTS rock in the shape of a man or suffered some combination of these two incidents.
This name is therefore a realistic as well as a 'mystical' element in the novel. There is certainly nothing 'mystical' about the names of the other characters who appear for the first time in the fourth book (cf. below pp. 68 The religious element of his name merely teases us and is one of many which go to make up a complex literary character. We smile when we recognise in the name Dionysophanes a 'religious' strand which had appeared earlier also in the novel, but we shall be very disappointed if we think that this strand can unravel or even impose a pattern on a large part of it.
To, TOUTO j1€rpOte; T€ KarcltOovat Kat. j1vOote; KaTT]XOUat Kat OAwe; a7rallTa V7r€P TOU T€P7rIlOU j1T]xaIlWIlTat (Zeus trag. 39, cf. Philopseud. 4, Isocr. ad Nicoclem 48, Dio Chrys. ); in his guide to the way in which young men should study poetry Plutarch also stresses at length the falsehoods with which poetry is filled (Mor. 16a-f). Longus thus hints clearly at the entirely fictitious nature of the narrative which is to follow 98 and this is particularly important in view of the fun which he is to have a few lines later in the prologue with the historiographical tradition (cf.