This Halcyon Classics ebook is Lucius Apuleius' THE GOLDEN ASS. Also known as The Metamorphoses of Apuleius, it is the only Latin novel to survive in its entirety.
THE GOLDEN ASS is an imaginative, irreverent, and amusing work that relates the ludicrous adventures of one Lucius, who experiments with 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.
The Metamorphoses ends with the (once again human) hero, Lucius, eager to be initiated into the mystery cult of Isis; he abstains from forbidden foods, bathes and purifies himself. Then the secrets of the cult's books are explained to him, and further secrets revealed before going through the process of initiation which involves a trial by the elements in a journey to the underworld. Lucius is then asked to seek initiation into the cult of Osiris in Rome, and eventually is initiated into the pastophoroi—a group of priests that serves Isis and Osiris.
|Publisher:||Halcyon Press Ltd.|
|Series:||Halcyon Classics , #1|
|Sold by:||Barnes & Noble|
|File size:||175 KB|
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