). A writer who probably lived in the third
century A.D. He was the author of a Greek pastoral romance, Daphnis and
, in four books. It is considered the best of all ancient romances
which have come down to us, on account of its deep and natural feeling, its grace of
narrative, and the comparative purity and ease of its language. It has suggested many
imitations by Italian, French, German, and English writers, the more famous being Bernardin
de St. Pierre's Paul et Virginie.
The rare translation by John Day of the
French version of Amyot was reprinted in 1890. The Greek text is edited by Hirschig with a
Latin version in the Erotici Scriptores
of the Didot collection (Paris,
. Translation by Smith (London, 1855)
. See Novels and Romances
P. Considius. A propraetor in Africa, who left his province
shortly before the breaking out of the Civil War, B.C. 49, intrusting the government to Q.
Ligarius. He returned to Africa soon afterwards, and held Adrumetum for the Pompeian party.
After the defeat of the Pompeians at Thapsus, he attempted to fly into Mauretania, but was
murdered by the Gaetulians (Pseud. Bell. Afr.