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The story follows Lucius, a young man of good birth, as he disports himself in the cities and along the roads of Thessaly. This is a wonderful tale abounding in lusty incident, curious adventure and bawdy wit.
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The Golden Ass

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Overview

The story follows Lucius, a young man of good birth, as he disports himself in the cities and along the roads of Thessaly. This is a wonderful tale abounding in lusty incident, curious adventure and bawdy wit.
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  • BN ID: 2940149190058
  • Publisher: Hillside Publishing
  • Publication date: 1/13/2015
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 279 KB

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Apuleius (/?æpj?'li??s/; also called Lucius Apuleius Madaurensis; Berber: Afulay;[1] c. 125 – c. 180 CE) was a Latin-language prose writer. He was a Numidian Berber and lived during the Roman period.[2] He was from Madaurus (now M'Daourouch, Algeria). He studied Platonist philosophy in Athens; travelled to Italy, Asia Minor and Egypt; and was an initiate in several cults or mysteries. The most famous incident in his life was when he was accused of using magic to gain the attentions (and fortune) of a wealthy widow. He declaimed and then distributed a witty tour de force in his own defense before the proconsul and a court of magistrates convened in Sabratha, near ancient Tripoli, Libya. This is known as the Apologia.

His most famous work is his bawdy picaresque novel, the Metamorphoses, otherwise known as The Golden Ass. It is the only Latin novel that has survived in its entirety. It relates the ludicrous adventures of one Lucius, who experiments with magic and is accidentally turned into a donkey.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2001

    those crazy Romans

    Reading this book was one of the highlights of my ancient history class. Apuleius paints a vivid picture of Roman society while telling this 'Grecian' tale. While there are innumerable sexual episodes that may be shocking to a modern reader, they were quite the norm at the time and make the book that much more interesting. As well as being extremely entertaining, this book is a witty social commentary that demonstrates typical male Roman attitudes. Sexist? A bit. Obscene? At times. Worth reading? Absolutely.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 23, 2012

    Ruden's translation is a delight

    "The Golden Ass" is a rowdy, bawdy book with the exquisite myth of Cupid and Psyche retold in the middle. I've loved Robert Graves' translation for years, but Sarah Ruden's translation is lively and luscious. It's an excellent read!

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