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The Golden Ass: The Transformations of Lucius (original 1469; edition 1998)
by Apuleius, Robert Graves (Translator)
The Golden Ass by Apuleius (1469)
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0140435905, Paperback)
Lucius, a young man whose fascination with witchcraft leads him to believe he can be transformed into a bird, instead becomes a donkey. Whirled off by robbers, he embarks on a series of adventures and misadventures. Confronted eventually with the prospect of a stage performance where he is supposed to demonstrate his sexual prowess with a woman, he is overwhelmed by a religious vision and is finally initiated into the cult of the goddess Isis.
It has been long disputed whether Apuleius meant this last-minute conversion seriously or as a final comic surprise and the challenge of interpretation continues to keep readers fascinated by this work. Apuleius’ Golden Ass is the most continuously and accessibly amusing book that has come down to us from classical antiquity.
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After Lucius is transformed into an ass because of his curiosity and fascination for sex and magic, he suffers a series of trials and humiliations before being transformed back into human shape by the kindness of Isis.
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An edition of this book was published by Indiana University Press.
An edition of this book was published by Penguin Australia.
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