Apuleius the golden ass
Origin[ edit ] Lucius takes human form, in a illustration of the Metamorphoses ms. The date of composition of the Metamorphoses is uncertain. This surviving Greek text appears to be an abridgement or epitome of "Lucius of Patrae's" text. Possibly the original lost story was written by Lucian and the abridged version was later transmitted under his name. Plot[ edit ] Book One The prologue establishes an audience and a speaker, who defines himself by location, education, and occupation.
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See Article History Alternative Title: Apuleius of Madauros Lucius Apuleius, born c. The work, called Metamorphoses by its author, narrates the adventures of a young man changed by magic into an ass. Apuleius, who was educated at Carthage and Athens , traveled in the Mediterranean region and became interested in contemporary religious initiation rites, among them the ceremonies associated with worship of the Egyptian goddess Isis. Intellectually versatile and acquainted with works of both Latin and Greek writers, he taught rhetoric in Rome before returning to Africa to marry a rich widow, Aemilia Pudentilla. For The Golden Ass it is likely that he used material from the lost Metamorphoses by Lucius of Patrae, which has been cited by some as the source for the brief extant Greek work on a similar theme, Lucius; or, The Ass, attributed to the Greek rhetorician Lucian. Considered a revelation of ancient manners, the work has been praised for its entertaining and at times bawdy episodes that alternate between the dignified, the ludicrous, the voluptuous, and the horrible.
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Life[ edit ] Apuleii Opera omnia Apuleius was born in Madauros, a colonia in Numidia on the North African coast bordering Gaetulia , and he described himself as "half-Numidian half-Gaetulian. As to his first name, no praenomen is given in any ancient source;  late-medieval manuscripts began the tradition of calling him Lucius from the name of the hero of his novel. His father was a provincial magistrate duumvir  who bequeathed at his death the sum of nearly two million sesterces to his two sons. He subsequently went to Rome  to study Latin rhetoric and, most likely, to speak in the law courts for a time before returning to his native North Africa.
This tale--like the others--was not invented by Apuleius either. The best known version of it is perhaps the Germanic fairy-story Cinderella. However, Apuleius's retelling of this myth is an extraordinary feat of artistry--as P.
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