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Apuleius’ MetamorphosesA Study in Roman Fiction$
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Stefan Tilg

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780198706830

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198706830.001.0001

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A Poetics in Tales: Milesian, Neoteric, Odyssean

A Poetics in Tales: Milesian, Neoteric, Odyssean

(p.36) (p.37) 3 A Poetics in Tales: Milesian, Neoteric, Odyssean
Apuleius’ Metamorphoses

Stefan Tilg

Oxford University Press

Picking up on the Prologue, which describes the Metamorphoses as ‘different sorts of tales’ (1.1.1 varias fabulas), tied together by the narrator, this chapter discusses the narrative structure of the Metamorphoses as a plurality of tales. It examines the guiding ideas of the narrator in tying this varied material together. It touches upon the much-debated Milesian Tales, referred to as a model in the prologue, but places its focus on a less explored structural issue: a literary programme of lepos (‘charm’), reminiscent of Neoterism and underlying both narrative frame and framed tales of the Metamorphoses. The chapter concludes with a point on mock-epic wisdom through fabulae and a consideration of moralistic readings of Apuleius’ tales.

Keywords:   tales, narrative frame, narrative structure, Milesian Tales, Neoterism, lepos, charm, mock-epic, moralistic reading

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