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Golden Ass

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ISBN-10: 1406509183

ISBN-13: 9781406509182

Edition: N/A

Authors: Lucius Apuleius

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A bawdy picaresque Latin novel, written in the second century AD. The only Latin novel which has survived in its entirety. An imaginative, irreverent, and amusing work which relates the ludicrous adventures of one Lucius, who experiments in magic and is accidentally turned into an ass. In this guise he hears and sees many unusual things, until escaping from his predicament in a rather unexpected way. Within this frame story are found multiple digressions, the longest among them being the well-known tale of Cupid and Psyche.
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Book details

List price: $17.99
Publisher: Dodo Press
Binding: Paperback
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.638

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…