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Metamorphoses (The golden ass)

Author: Apuleius; John Arthur Hanson
Publisher: Cambridge, MA : Harvard University Press, 1996.
Series: Loeb classical library, 44, 453.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The Metamorphoses (The Golden Ass) of Apuleius (born c. 125 CE) is a romance combining realism and magic. Lucius wants the sensations of a bird, but by pharmaceutical accident becomes an ass. The bulk of the novel recounts his adventures as an animal, but Lucius also recounts many stories he overhears, including that of Cupid and Psyche.
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Fiction
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Apuleius.
Metamorphoses (the golden ass).
Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 1996
Material Type: Document, Fiction, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Apuleius; John Arthur Hanson
OCLC Number: 904378416
Language Note: Text in Latin with English translation on facing pages.
Description: 1 online resource.
Contents: v. I. Books 1-6 --
v. II. Books 7-11.
Series Title: Loeb classical library, 44, 453.
Responsibility: Apuleius ; edited and translated by J. Arthur Hanson.

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The Metamorphoses (The Golden Ass) of Apuleius (born c. 125 CE) is a romance combining realism and magic. Lucius wants the sensations of a bird, but by pharmaceutical accident becomes an ass. The bulk of the novel recounts his adventures as an animal, but Lucius also recounts many stories he overhears, including that of Cupid and Psyche.

In the Metamorphoses of Apuleius, also known as The Golden Ass, we have the only Latin novel which survives entire. It is truly enchanting: a delightful romance combining realism and magic. The hero, Lucius, eager to experience the sensations of a bird, resorts to witchcraft but by an unfortunate pharmaceutical error finds himself transformed into an ass. He knows he can revert to his own body by eating rose-petals, but these prove singularly elusive; and the bulk of the work describes his adventures as an animal. He also retails many stories that he overheard, the most charming being that of Cupid and Psyche (beginning, in true fairy-tale fashion, "Erant in quadam civitate rex et regina"). Some of the stories are as indecent as they are witty, and two in the ninth book were deemed by Boccaccio worthy of inclusion in the Decameron. At last the goddess Isis takes pity on Lucius. In a surprising denouement, he is restored to human shape and, now spiritually regenerated, is initiated into her mysteries. The author's baroque Latin style nicely matches his fantastic narrative and is guaranteed to hold a reader's attention from beginning to end. J. Arthur Hanson was at the time of his death in 1985 Giger Professor of Latin at Princeton University. His publications include Roman Theater-Temples. The Loeb Classical Library edition of Apuleius is in two volumes.

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