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The Golden Ass (Penguin Classics) Paperback – January 1, 1999
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About the Author
E.J. Kenney is Emeritus Kennedy Professor of Latin in the University of Cambridge. His publications include a critical edition of Ovid's amatory works. He is a Fellow of the British Academy.
Top Customer Reviews
The story offers insights into the lives of ordinary Romans and Greeks rather than the rulers and patricians and plutocrats, and is in the tradition of the plays of Plautus and Terence, but is original in its similarity to a novel, and a work that is more focused on amusing rather than edifying with uplifting role models. But the work still offers reflections from an esoteric, religious, if not pious, and philosophical mind, as Lucius strives to reverse the black magic that has enchanted him, and gain access to the realm of the Elysium.
Apuleius was born in a Roman colony in Africa. His father was a municipal magistrates who bequeathed 2 million sesterces, enabling him to study in Carthage, the leading city in the West after Rome; attend the Academy at Athens and become learned in the scholarly Greek language, and versed in philosophy and literature; and travel to Egypt to familiarise himself with its culture and religion. He was thus equipped as a polymath, benefiting from the Pax Romana under the troubled Severan dynasty, though at this time deep fissures were appearing the empire's fabric.
The central character, Lucius, is a merchant traveling to Thessaly, a region where witchcraft is widespread, in the tradition of Medea.Read more ›
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A delightful tale about a young man who gets mixed up with drugs and sex. A rare novel from the time period.Published 9 months ago by cmaitland
Perhaps the West's first novel making for a hilarious tale that has endured for two thousand years.Published 9 months ago by Michael Boyajian
The book is an important work for students of philosophy and religion. I recommend it to any professor teaching those subjects.Published 17 months ago by Edward T. Hayes
Use this knowledge for the benefit and blessing of mankind! be part of the NARROW PATH spoken of in the Bible, and not the WIDEN ONE!Published 20 months ago by johnny D
I have no complaints to make about this purchase. The book was in perfect, brand-new shape, and the translation was nice and easy to comprehend. Read morePublished on January 3, 2014 by Ariel Kelzenberg