Drama, Philosophy, and Rhetoric: Apuleius’ Minor Works
In addition to the Apologia and Metamorphoses, Apuleius’ less rhetorical or fictional works such as the philosophical books confidently attributed to him, like De Deo Socratis and De Platone et eius Dogmate, also contain, as has been shown, a certain stratum of Plautine vocabulary. Furthermore, both the Florida and an intriguing poem, the Anechomenos, show some interesting instances of both quotation and adaptation of Plautine language and imagery into the argument. This chapter examines Apuleius’ method of using quotations from tragic and comic authors (as well as merely comic language) in these works.
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