The Golden Ass

The Golden Ass

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by Lucius Apuleius
     
 

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The Metamorphoses of Apuleius, which St. Augustine referred to as The Golden Ass (Asinus aureus), is the only ancient novel in Latin to survive in its entirety.

The protagonist of the novel is called Lucius, like the author. At the end of the novel, he is revealed to be from Madaurus, the hometown of Apuleius himself. The plot revolves around the protagonist…  See more details below

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The Metamorphoses of Apuleius, which St. Augustine referred to as The Golden Ass (Asinus aureus), is the only ancient novel in Latin to survive in its entirety.

The protagonist of the novel is called Lucius, like the author. At the end of the novel, he is revealed to be from Madaurus, the hometown of Apuleius himself. The plot revolves around the protagonist's curiosity (curiositas) and insatiable desire to see and practice magic. While trying to perform a spell to transform into a bird, he is accidentally transformed into an ass. This leads to a long journey, literal and metaphorical, filled with in-set tales. He finally finds salvation through the intervention of the goddess Isis, whose cult he joins.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940149188413
Publisher:
Bronson Tweed Publishing
Publication date:
02/28/2014
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
457 KB

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