Daphnis and Chloe

Text tradition

Until the beginning of the 19th century, about a page of text was missing; when Paul Louis Courier went to Italy, he found the missing part in one of the plutei of the Biblioteca Laurenziana in Florence. Unfortunately, as soon as he had copied the text, he upset the ink-stand and poured ink all over the page. The Italian philologists were incensed, especially those who had studied the plutone giving "a most exact description" (un'esattissima notizia) of it.

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