To enrich and deepen his basic plot, the origins of which. The bulk of the novel recounts his adventures as an animal, but lucius also recounts many stories he overhears, including that of cupid and psyche. An intermediate latin reader cambridge intermediate latin readers 1 by murgatroyd, paul isbn. Apuleius, metamorphoses the golden ass, volume i loeb. He was a poet, philosopher, and rhetorician from whom numerous works survive some of doubtful authenticity. A new complete downloadable english translation of the roman novel. Apuleius story of cupid and psyche, the relationship of the human soul with divine love, is one of the great allegories of world literature. For a practicing neoplatonist, or a kin to ancient folk by heart and spirit this books conveys many trophies with plots that could easily be turned into stanzas of quotable wisdomliterature. I show how apuleius portrays lucius as an articulate, but ignorant ass in order to. It forms an integral part of and profoundly illuminates the message of his novel metamorphoses or the golden ass, which relates the adventures of a young man and his spiritual fall and redemption. Eugenio da venezia, in fact, has crossed nearly for entire, by now all our century, with one extraordinary coherence and linearity. I never thought id enjoy a 2,000 year old novel, but i. It is an art acceptable to the immortal gods, full of all knowledge of worship and of prayer, full of piety and wisdom in things divine, full of honour and glory since the day when zoroaster and oromazes established it, highpriestess of the powers of heaven. The internet classics archive the defense by apuleius.
The most pleasant and delectable tale of the marriage of cupid and psyche. The metamorphoses the golden ass of apuleius born c. His commentary on apuleius metamorphoses book i groningen commentaries on apuleius appeared in 2007. This manuscript ultimately derives from the double recension of a certain sallustius, made first at rome in 395ce and then at constantinople in 397ce. Click anywhere in the line to jump to another position. The metamorphoses of apuleius has intrigued and perplexed scholars throughout the ages. Part 26 do you hear, you who so rashly accuse the art of magic. He was a numidian who lived under the roman empire and was from madauros now mdaourouch, algeria. After many adventures he is finally saved by the goddess isis, whose follower he becomes.
Summary of the metamorphoses the spectacles of apuleius. What they fail to mention is that the versions with the full text are merely reprints of the original latinwhich you can find for free all over the internet, and they provide zero assistance for deciphering the text. There was once a certain king, inhabiting in the west parts, who had to wife a noble dame by whom he had three daughters, exceeding fair of whom the two elder were of such comely shape and. At the end of the novel, he is revealed to be from madaurus, the hometown of apuleius himself. The adulterytales of apuleius, metamorphoses book 9. The metamorphoses of apuleius, which augustine of hippo referred to as the golden ass asinus aureus, is the only ancient roman novel in latin to survive in its entirety the protagonist of the novel is called lucius. His vocabulary and notes offer even a high school latin student the ability to read apuleius in the original without hesitation or apprehension. Liverpool university press is the uks third oldest university press, with a distinguished history of publishing exceptional research since 1899 apuleius metamorphoses or the golden ass, our only complete latin novel, tells the story of lucius, a young man turned into a donkey by magic because of his unfettered curiosity. All existing editions of the golden ass descend from a single manuscript f florence, laurentianus 68. A new, complete, english translation, of the metamorphoses of lucius apuleius. Apuleiuss golden ass is a unique, entertaining, and thoroughly readable latin novelthe only work of fiction in latin to have survived from antiquity.
He studied platonism in athens, travelled to italy, asia minor, and egypt, and was an initiate in several cults or. In the metamorphoses of apuleius, also known as the golden ass, we have the only latin novel which survives entire. Metamorphoses, book xi apuleius, john gwyn griffiths snippet view 1975. Lucius is told the tale of the robbers and demochares. In recent years some have attempted to understand the metamorphoses by applying contemporary critical theory to the work, without notable success.
Metamorphoses by apuleius book 274 editions published between 1500 and 2019 in 10 languages and held by 2,785 worldcat member libraries worldwide. This book presents a thorough reexamination of apuleius platonic philosophy, encompassing both his philosophical and literary works. An old woman tells lucius the story of cupid and psyche books ivvi. The way the book is currently designed, in other words, i. Pdf the golden ass book by apuleius free download 256 pages. A seriocomic interpretation of apuleius, metamorphoses 11. Apuleius perhaps became acquainted with salvia and her family on a visit to corinth and used her name and history in describing the background of lucius in the. The first edition of the novel was published in 158, and was written by apuleius. Madaurus was the same colonia where augustine of hippo later received part of his early education, and, though located well away from the romanized coast, is today the site of some pristine roman ruins. Fiction, classical mythology, metamorphosis, latin fiction, translations into english, translations into italian, translations into spanish, translations into french, isis egyptian deity, metamorphosis in literature, latin literature, translations into russian, mythology, classical, in literature, translations into. Full text of apuleius the golden ass penguin classics.
The new groningen commentary on book 2 of apuleius golden ass gca 2 by danielle van malmaeder mm appears only a year after maaike zimmermans excellent groningen commentary on book 10, and will itself be followed shortly by a grandscale groningen commentary on books 4. The nexus of adulterytales in book 9 of apuleius metamorphoses has been the subject of considerable scholarly investigation. The plot revolves around the protagonists curiosity curiositas and insatiable. But salvia was not an unusual name, and the parallel between the historical. Read the golden ass metamorphoses by apuleius available from rakuten kobo.
Apuleius, the golden ass based upon a translation by william adlington 1566 i have updated the spelling and idiom of the text, and have added chapter numbers. The book was published in multiple languages including english, consists of 256 pages and is available in paperback format. The final book of the metamorphoses, in my opinion, shares with new testament writings the hunger for spiritual renewal and a sense that change is in the air, that the time has come to take some drastic and even dangerous risks in order to avoid being drawn into the evils of the age save yourselves from this corrupt generation, acts 2. The main characters of this classics, fiction story are venus goddess, lucius. Full text of apuleius the golden ass penguin classics see other formats.
I chose the kenney edition as it seemed the least stilted of those available, and im glad i made that choice. The translation very much played a part in my enjoyment of this ancient novel. Learn vocabulary, terms, and more with flashcards, games, and other study tools. He also published a monograph on aulus gellius gellius the satirist. Free download or read online the golden ass pdf epub book. Download m4b part 1 2mb download m4b part 2 142mb download cover art download cd case insert. Apuleius wonderful latin novel metamorphoses, written in the second century c. It was of great benefit to read books 16 of apuleius in the magnificent translation of j. Apuleius metamorphoses or the golden ass, our only complete latin novel, tells the story of lucius, a young man turned into a donkey by magic because of his unfettered curiosity. Wytse keulen currently teaches latin at the university of rostock.
Apuleius was born in madauros, a colonia in numidia on the north african coast bordering gaetulia, and he described himself as halfnumidian halfgaetulian. From books iv to vi of the golden ass, by lucius apuleius 2nd cent. Please note that, in spite of my updating, this is still an old translation. The sixth book in the mean season psyche hurled herself hither and thither, to seek for her husband, the rather because she thought that if he would not be appeased with the sweet flattery of his wife, yet he would take mercy upon her at her servile and continual prayers.
In a translation that is the most faithful and the most entertaining to date, ruden reveals to modern readers the vivid, farcical ingenuity of apuleiuss style. Pdf the golden ass book by apuleius free download 256. Lucius wants the sensations of a bird, but by pharmaceutical accident becomes an ass. Featured translations include dante, ovid, goethe, homer, virgil and many others. Ruebel has created a most useful edition of metamorphoses book i. Nay, it is one of the first elements of princely instruction, nor do.
Klines open access poetry archive offering modern, highquality translations of classic texts by famous poets, original poetry and critical work. Note also that in this book there is not a specific reference to spectacles or gladiatorial combats in the literal sense, however, the term gladiator is used as a synonym for sex i. The defense has been divided into the following sections. Julia gaisser follows apuleius racy tale from antiquity through the sixteenth century, tracing its journey from roll to codex in fourthcentury rome, into the medieval library of monte cassino, into the hands of italian humanists, into print, and, finally, over the alps and into translation in spanish, french, german. The fortunes of apuleius and the golden ass princeton. An interlinear translation might be useful, but on the other hand might detract from the educational value of the text, as the eyes would tend to preempt the memory. One major focus has been on the way in which these tales relate to an overall interpretation of the novel. Free kindle book and epub digitized and proofread by project gutenberg. Apuleius the metamorphoses book 1 annotated edition. Julia gaisser follows apuleius racy tale from antiquity through the sixteenth century, tracing its journey from roll to codex in fourthcentury rome, into the medieval library of monte cassino, into the hands of italian humanists, into print, and, finally, over the alps and into translation in spanish, french, german, and english. Psyche was a woman born of beauty comparable only to venus herself. Religion and narrative in the metamorphoses of apuleius.
With an introduction, in which the meaning of the fable is unfolded. It tells the story of the hero lucius, whose curiosity and fascination for sex and magic results in his transformation into an ass. Occasionally i have added to the translation where adlington has omitted certain passages. Everyday low prices and free delivery on eligible orders. In crisis and conversion in apuleius metamorphoses nancy shumate takes a new and profitable approach. Abbreviated refs adjective allusion ancient anubis apol apuleian apuleius aretalogies argues berlin bernhard berreth bilderatlas callebat cenchreae century a.
His curiosity about magic gets him changed into a donkey. The metamorphoses of apuleius, which augustine of hippo referred to as the golden ass asinus aureus, is the only ancient roman novel in latin to survive in its entirety. The hero, lucius, eager to experience the sensations of a bird. The transformations of lucius apuleius, and the rites of isis. Giarratano, apulei metamorphoseon libri xi, 2nd ed. Apuleius metamorphoses or golden ass written in a highly ornate and archaizing latin probably in the 160s or so, apuleius prose novel, the metamorphoses known to saint augustine as the golden ass, tells the story of lucius, a romannamed greek youth of means and prominent family. Due to venus extreme jealousy she is forced to endure a series of events designed to lead to her downfall. Section 1 79k section 2 72k section 3 75k section 4 77k download. Metamorphoses the golden ass, vol 2, books 711 by apuleius. Feb 22, 2006 free kindle book and epub digitized and proofread by project gutenberg.652 242 66 644 1553 1041 1187 597 798 486 400 1329 1564 1163 1499 93 1278 81 682 856 1137 1061 21 361 234 194 220 346 1212 180 265 735 515 1432 1273 908 1443 1081