Golden Ass

ISBN-10: 0140435905

ISBN-13: 9780140435900

Edition: 3rd 1998

Authors: Lucius Apuleius, E. J. Kenney, E. J. J. Kenney

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This is the tale of a young man called Lucius who is fascinated by witchcraft and hopes to be transformed into a bird - but instead becomes a donkey and is carried off by robbers. This book is full of adventures, misadventures and narrow escapes.
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List price: $14.00
Edition: 3rd
Copyright year: 1998
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 1/1/1999
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 5.00" wide x 8.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.770
Language: English

Apuleius, of African birth, was educated in Carthage and Athens. His most famous work, The Golden Ass (c.150), is the tale of a young philosopher who transformed himself not into a bird as he had expected, but into an ass. After many adventures he was rescued by the goddess Isis. The episode of "Cupid and Psyche," told with consummate grace, is the most celebrated section. This romance of the declining Empire influenced the novels of Boccaccio, Cervantes, Fielding (see Vol. 1), and Smollett (see Vol. 1); Heywood used the theme for a drama and William Morris (see Vol. 1) used some of the material in The Earthly Paradise. Robert Graves's "translation abandons the aureate Latinity of Apuleius for a dry, sharp, plain style---which is itself a small masterpiece of twentieth-century prose" (Kenneth Rexroth, SR SR). The new translation by John Arthur Hanson is authoritative.

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Journey to Hypata: the Exemplar of Socrates
Further Warnings at Byrrhena's: The, Exemplar of Thelyphron
the Festival of Laughter: Lucius Becomes an Ass
at the Bandits' Hideout. Cupid and Psyche (i)
Cupid and Psyche (continued)
Cupid and Psyche (continued): the Frustrated Escape
Charite (and Lucius) Rescued: Further Ordeals of Lucius
Charite's Revenge and Death: Lucius with the Catamite Priests
with the Priests, the Baker, the Market-Gardener: Four Tales of Cuckolding
Tales of Wicked Women: Pleasant Life with the Cooks Leads to Public Humiliation
Salvation, and Conversion to Isis
Explanatory Notes
Index and Glossary of Names
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