Daphnis

Greek - A shepherd of Sicily. Son of Hermes by a nymph. Half-brother of Pan. In some accounts Hermes was his lover rather than his father. He is credited with the invention of bucolic verse. Aphrodite caused him to fall in love with the water nymph Nais, to whom he promised always to be faithful. When he proved unfaithful by preferring Xenia, a mortal lover, Nais blinded him. He later drowned and the water nymphs refused to go to his aid. Hermes then took him up to heaven. In another version he resisted all Aphrodite's attempts to make him unfaithful and died rather than give way to her tempting. Others say that he died of longing for Xenia. In another account, he loved Pimplea (or Thalia) who was abducted by pirates. When Daphnis found her, a slave at the court of Lityerses in Phrygia, he was challenged to a reaping contest by the king. Heracles took the place of Daphnis, won the contest, killed Lityerses and made Daphnis, who married Pimplea, king of Phrygia. Also commonly referred to as Daphnis.
Greek - A goatherd in love with Chloe. In this version both Daphnis and Chloe were abandoned by their parents, in adjoining fields, and grew up to become ideal lovers. They were the prototypes for Paul and Virginia, the rustic couple reared in Mauritius, featured in a story of the same name by Bernadin de St Pierre. Sometimes identified as Daphnis.

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