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The Golden Ass

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The Golden Ass by . Apuleius
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Written towards the end of the second century AD, The Golden Ass tells the story of the many adventures of a young man whose fascination with witchcraft leads him to be transformed into a donkey. The bewitched Lucius passes from owner to owner -- encountering a desperate gang of robbers and being forced to perform lewd 'human' tricks on stage -- until the Goddess Isis finally breaks the spell and Lucius is initiated into her cult. Apuleius' enchanting story has inspired generations of writers such as Boccaccio, Shakespeare, Cervantes and Keats with its dazzling combination of allegory, satire, bawdiness and sheer exuberance, and remains the most continuously and accessibly amusing book to have survived from Classical antiquity.

Author Biography

Lucius Apuleius (2nd Century AD) North African fubulist, who Latinized the Greek myths and legends. He travelled widely, visiting Italy, Asia &c and was there initiated into numerous religious mysteries. The knowledge which he thus acquired of the priestly fraternities he drew on for his Golden Ass. E.J. Kenney is Emeritus Kennedy Professor of Latin in the University of Cambridge. His publications include a critical edition of Ovid's amatory works. He is a Fellow of the British Academy.
Release date NZ
May 28th, 1998
Author
Contributors
Edited by E J Kenney Translated by E.J. Kenney
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Illustrations
maps
Imprint
Penguin Classics
Pages
320
Dimensions
129x198x18
ISBN-13
9780140435900
Product ID
1660398

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