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Springs as a Civilizing Mechanism in Daphnis and Chloe

Janelle Peters


In Longus’ Daphnis and Chloe, springs are a central motif of the Prologue and the novel as a whole. This motif counters male domination, since it is associated with Chloe, while the flowers watered by springs in this novel are identified with Daphnis. This study will examine how the motif of springs reflects the resistance of Daphnis and Chloe to pervasive cultural constructions of gender, creating individuals who participate in the larger society without reproducing its structures.

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