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Robert Graves and the Classical Tradition$
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A. G. G. Gibson

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780198738053

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198738053.001.0001

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The Golden Ass and the Golden Warrior

The Golden Ass and the Golden Warrior

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Robert Graves and the Classical Tradition

Sonia Sabnis

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the reception of Robert Graves’s translation of Apuleius’s Golden Ass and its relation to his friendship with T. E. Lawrence. A claim in its American publication—that Lawrence carried the Golden Ass with him in Arabia and later introduced it to Graves—turns out to be false, but nevertheless opens up a comparison between Lawrence and Graves as readers of Apuleius. Despite the limited success of Graves’s translation in academic circles, Lawrence’s and Graves’s respective approaches to the novel exemplify two major trends in its among English-speaking audiences since the appearance of Graves’s translation in 1950.

Keywords:   Apuleius, Metamorphoses, Golden Ass, T. E. Lawrence, Lawrence of Arabia, translation, Penguin Classics, reception

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