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The Protean Ass: The Metamorphoses of Apuleius from Antiquity to the Renaissance

Robert H. F. Carver


This book provides a comprehensive account of the reception of The Golden Ass (or Metamorphoses) of Apuleius, the only work of Latin prose fiction worthy of the name of ‘novel’ to survive intact from the ancient world. Apuleius' 2nd-century account of the curious young man who is changed into a donkey following an affair with a witch's slave-girl, and undergoes a series of adventures (involving robbery, adultery, buggery, and bestiality) before a divine vision transforms him into a disciple of the goddess Isis, has delighted, perplexed, and inspired readers as diverse as St Augustine, Petrarch ... More

Keywords: The Golden Ass, metamorphoses, Apuleius, Latin prose fiction, Isis

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780199217861
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199217861.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Robert H. F. Carver, author
Lecturer in Renaissance Literature, Department of English Studies, University of Durham
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