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Lucius ('lu:sI&s). 2nd century ad, Roman writer, noted for his romance The Golden Ass



Born circa A.D. 124, in Madauros, North Af-rica; year of death unknown. Ancient Roman writer.

Apuleius wrote in Greek and Latin. His extant works are the novel Metamorphoses in XI Books (also known as The Golden Ass), Defense, or a Discourse on Magic, and Florida, a collection of excerpts from speeches and rhetorical declamations. All these works have been published in Russian translation (1959). The novel The Golden Ass presents a broad view of the daily life and customs of the Roman provinces during the second century. Among the 11 novellas inserted in the work, the fairy tale of Cupid and Psyche has been frequently adapted in various countries, including Russia (I. F. Bogdanovich and S. T. Aksakov). Plots were borrowed from Apuleius’ novel by G. Boccaccio, M. Cervantes, H. Fielding, T. Smollett, and other writers.


Opera quae supersunt, vols. 1–3. Vols. 1–2 reviewed by R. Helm; vol. 3 reviewed by R. Thomas. Leipzig, 1905–10.


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11) Though Hildebrand, the twelfth-century bishop, was the first to develop a Platonic interpretation of the myth, Thomas Taylor argues in his 1795 introduction to The Fable of Cupid and Psyche that Apuleius intended the myth as a Platonic allegory.
As Lucius Apuleius describes them, "Presently the vanguard of the grand procession came into view" with all manner of costumes and emblems of deities.
Walsh emphasizes Apuleius's turn to intellectual curiosity on the basis of Plutarch, and the many connections between Apuleius and Augustine.
Platonic themes are widespread throughout the Metamorphoses, and, in The Discarded Image, Lewis highlights the way in which Apuleius transmits these Platonic ideas to medieval readers through his texts (Gollnick 22; Discarded Image [Discarded] 43).
It is my argument that Kyd adapted The Golden Ass because he recognized the artistry and hermeneutic subtlety that Apuleius achieved through the overriding idea of the work as a mystery with the multiple implications of that complex word.
Apuleius and Drama: The Ass on Stage, Oxford--New York: Oxford University Press.
Lilla notes in his monograph, Clement of Alexandria: A Study in Christian Platonism and Gnosticism, that Clement, Philo, Alcinous, and Apuleius 'ascribe a particular virtue to each part of the soul, thus forming a piece of coherent doctrine which remained the same throughout Middle Platonism and was also adopted, without any noticeable variation, even by exponents of Neoplatonism such as Plotinus and Porphyry.
novel, Lewis gives a summary of the myth as told by Apuleius in his
We have the Ariadne who guides Theseus out of the labyrinth," he says, "the Isis who restores Lucius to his human shape in Apuleius, the Lucia and Beatrice whose love and care get Dante through Purgatory, and other forms of the Ewigweibliche [eternal feminine] that draws us upward to our more deeply desired goals" (89).
One of Lang's most sustained demonstrations of the relationship between the Classical and Zulu religious beliefs concern the story of Cupid and Psyche in Apuleius and the tale of Umtombinde (Lang 1885:64-86; 1887:xvii-lxxxvi).
A related change from Apuleius makes the persecution of Psyche not a plot of the gods but a human sacrifice driven by an apparently opposite, consuming sort of desire--the kind that Girard associates with myth and which his theory can help illuminate.