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The Golden Ass,9780253200365

The Golden Ass

Format: Paperback
Pub. Date: 6/1/1962
Publisher(s): Ingram Publisher Services, Inc.
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Apuleius's Golden Ass is a unique, entertaining, and thoroughly readable Latin novel--the only work of fiction in Latin to have survived from antiquity. It tells the story of the hero Lucius, whose curiosity and fascination for sex and magic results in his transformation into an ass. Aftersuffering a series of trials and humiliations, he is ultimately returned to human shape by the kindness of the goddess Isis. Simultaneously a blend of romantic adventure, fable, and religious testament, The Golden Ass is one of the truly seminal works of European literature, of intrinsic interest asa novel in its own right, and one of the earliest examples of the picaresque. This new translation is at once faithful to the meaning of the Latin, while reproducing all the exuberance of the original.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgementsp. vi
Abbreviationsp. ix
Introductionp. xi
Select Bibliographyp. l
Journey to Hypata: the Exemplar of Socratesp. 1
Further Warnings at Byrrhena's: The, Exemplar of Thelyphronp. 18
the Festival of Laughter: Lucius Becomes an Assp. 39
at the Bandits' Hideout. Cupid and Psyche (i)p. 58
Cupid and Psyche (continued)p. 80
Cupid and Psyche (continued): the Frustrated Escapep. 100
Charite (and Lucius) Rescued: Further Ordeals of Luciusp. 120
Charite's Revenge and Death: Lucius with the Catamite Priestsp. 138
with the Priests, the Baker, the Market-Gardener: Four Tales of Cuckoldingp. 161
Tales of Wicked Women: Pleasant Life with the Cooks Leads to Public Humiliationp. 191
Salvation, and Conversion to Isisp. 218
Explanatory Notesp. 241
Index and Glossary of Namesp. 271
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