By S. J. Harrison

This ebook is a reaction to the literary pleasures and scholarly difficulties of interpreting the texts of Apuleius, most renowned for his novel Metamorphoses or Golden Ass. dwelling in second-century North Africa, Apuleius was once greater than an writer of fiction; he was once a consummate orator highbrow, Platonist thinker, outstanding stylist, relentless self-promoter, and flexible writer of a remarkably different physique of labor, a lot of which is misplaced to us. This booklet is written for these in a position to learn Apuleius in Latin, and Apuleian works are as a result quoted with no translation (although the place they exist compatible translations were indicated). during this booklet Dr Harrison has supplied a literary guide to all of the works of Apuleius in addition to the Metamorphoses, and has set his works opposed to their highbrow history: not just Apuleius' profession as a appearing highbrow, a sophist, in second-century Roman North Africa, but in addition the bigger modern framework of the Greek moment Sophistic. whereas focusing totally on the texts as literature and literary-historical, the ebook additionally offers with Apuleius' works of didactic philosophy and his consequent reference to heart Platonism.

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