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Apuleius and Drama: The Ass on Stage

Regine May


This book discusses the use of drama as an intertext in the work of the 2nd century Latin author Apuleius, who wrote the only complete extant Latin novel, the Metamorphoses, in which a young man is turned into a donkey by magic. Apuleius uses drama, especially comedy, as a basic underlying texture, and invites his readers to use their knowledge of contemporary drama in interpreting the fate of his protagonist and the often comic or tragic situations in which he finds himself. This book employs a close study of the Latin text and detailed comparison with the corpus of dramatic texts from antiqu ... More

Keywords: 2nd century, Apuleius, Metamorphoses, drama, comedy, ancient drama, contemporary drama

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780199202928
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199202928.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Regine May, author
Lecturer in the Department of Classics, University of Leeds
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