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Apuleius - The Golden Ass

Post  Guest on Thu Feb 09, 2012 1:15 am

This book is very good, or at least the English translation by Robert Graves ISBN 0-374-53181-1

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

The protagonist of the novel is called Lucius. 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.

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Re: Apuleius - The Golden Ass

Post  Flap Zappa on Fri Feb 10, 2012 12:27 am

Adrian Messenger wrote:This book is very good, or at least the English translation by Robert Graves ISBN 0-374-53181-1

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

The protagonist of the novel is called Lucius. 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.

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I thoughally enjoyed I clavdivs (claudius) and clavdivs the god by robert graves
I read them after seeing the excellent BBC TV series with Derek Jacobi in the 70's.

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