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The Protean AssThe Metamorphoses of Apuleius from Antiquity to the Renaissance$
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Robert H. F. Carver

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199217861

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199217861.001.0001

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Asinus Redivivus: The Recovery of The Golden Ass

Asinus Redivivus: The Recovery of The Golden Ass

(p.108) 3 Asinus Redivivus: The Recovery of The Golden Ass
The Protean Ass

Robert H. F. Carver (Contributor Webpage)

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This chapter explores the rediscovery of The Golden Ass. Evidence of first-hand acquaintance with The Golden Ass exists from the beginning of the trecento. By the middle of the 14th century, copies are in the hands of the leading humanists Petrarch and Boccaccio. By the end of the century, Psyche has been re-enthroned in the Genealogia, and The Golden Ass is on its way to becoming part of the common property of the Italian Renaissance.

Keywords:   Apuleius, The Golden Ass, Latin prose fiction, humanists, Petrarch, Boccaccio, Psyche, Italian Renaissance

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