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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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Monceaux, P. Apulée, roman et magie. Paris, 1910.
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Although revised and expanded between 1951, the date of the book's first appearance in France, and 1982, the date of the definitive Pleiade edition, the Note does not cite Apuleius as a source of information in the way that many other authors are cited.
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.
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.
Robert Carver's essay looks at the relationship between Isis and Photis in Apuleius, and concludes that the latter functions as a mediator between the human and divine worlds.
Candido describes three of Boccaccio's Latin letters of 1339 that reveal his early fascination for Apuleius's Golden Ass; soon afterwards, Boccaccio produced the Teseida and the Comedia, works in which numerous traces of Apuleius may be found, especially in their retellings of the story of Cupid and Psyche, as well as in their adaptations of the figures of the Celestial and Carnal Venuses.
These two chapters consider pre-Platonist philosophy, Socrates, Plato, Apuleius, and later Platonists.
If the civilization of the West survives in some fashion, scholars of the future will read Tom Wolfe for clues to our degeneracy in the period before our fall, in the same way that we read Juvenal and Lucius Apuleius for the clues to the decline and fall of Rome.
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.