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The Golden Ass, Or, Metamorphoses

Apuleius (Book - 2004 )
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Lucius, a young man whose fascination with witchcraft leads him to believe he can be transformed into a bird, instead becomes a donkey. Whirled off by robbers, he embarks on a series of adventures and misadventures. Confronted eventually with the prospect of a stage performance where he is supposed to demonstrate his sexual prowess with a woman, he is overwhelmed by a religious vision and is finally initiated into the cult of the goddess Isis. It has been long disputed whether Apuleius meant this last-minute conversion seriously or as a final comic surprise and the challenge of interpretation continues to keep readers fascinated by this work. Apuleius' Golden Ass is the most continuously and accessibly amusing book that has come down to us from classical antiquity.
Authors: Apuleius
Uniform Title: Metamorphoses. English
Title: The golden ass, or, Metamorphoses
Publisher: London ; New York : Penguin Books, 2004
Characteristics: xliii, 267 p. :,ill., maps ;,20 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Apuleius ; translated with an introduction and notes by E.J. Kenney
Notes: "Reprinted with revisions 2004"--T.p. verso
Additional Contributors: Kenney, E. J.
Alternate Title: Metamorphoses
Golden ass
ISBN: 9780140435900
0140435905
Branch Call Number: FICTION APULEIUS 2004
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (p. xxxix-xli) and index
Subject Headings: Metamorphosis Fiction Mythology, Classical Fiction
Genre/Form: Fantasy fiction
Topical Term: Metamorphosis
Mythology, Classical
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The misadventures a man who is magically transformed into a donkey. This ancient novel is humorous and often bawdy, while depicting social and religious life in the provinces under Roman rule. It includes is the famous story of Cupid and Psyche. (120–180 A.D.?)

Join the discussion on Oct. 19, 2014. Apuleius' unique, entertaining and thoroughly readable novel is the only work of fiction in Latin surviving from antiquity. Transformed into an ass due to his curiosity about sex and magic, the hero Lucius, a Roman aristocrat, suffers many trials and humiliat... Read More »

The misadventures a man who is magically transformed into a donkey. This ancient novel is humorous and often bawdy, while depicting social and religious life in the provinces under Roman rule. It includes is the famous story of Cupid and Psyche. (120–180 A.D.?)


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Jun 23, 2012
  • TomLibrarian rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

"Apuleius, an inhabitant of the Roman provinces of North Africa, adapted a popular Greek story about a man who is magically transformed into a donkey; his novel celebrates the pleasure of stories and storytelling while also depicting social and religious life in the provinces under Roman rule. The novel is humorous and often bawdy, but it also compels its readers to reflect seriously on the nature of knowledge, social problems and religious truth. Among the many interpolated tales that are woven into the master plot of Lucius (a noble whose curiosity for magic has dire consequences) is the famous story of Cupid and Psyche, a favorite subject of Renaissance artists. The Golden Ass is remembered for its influence on authors like Cervantes and Boccaccio."

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