The Golden Ass

The Golden Ass

by Lucius Apuleius
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The Golden Ass by Lucius Apuleius

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: 01/13/2015
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 285 KB

About the Author

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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The Golden Ass 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
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"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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