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


Tronskii, I. M. Istoriia antichnoi literatury, 3rd ed. Leningrad, 1957.
Monceaux, P. Apulée, roman et magie. Paris, 1910.
Vallette, P. L’Apologie d’Apulée. Paris, 1909.


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As Lucius Apuleius describes them, "Presently the vanguard of the grand procession came into view" with all manner of costumes and emblems of deities.
Apuleius's novel became well known in England as a result of the translation by William Adlington in 1566, which was reprinted in 1571, 1582, 1596, 1600 (?), and 1639m Although he does not treat the mystical aspects discussed by Beroaldo, Adlington follows him in interpreting "under the wrap of this transformation" the serious moral themes beneath "the pleasant and delectable jests of Lucius Apuleius" (x, ix).
by Osiris as Madaurensem, apparently identifying him with the author Lucius Apuleius of Madauros, although the supposed autobiographical details do not apply to either Apuleius or Lucius.(59) Thus, the narrator's delayed response to the question is mystifying, which is an appropriate situation for a work with hidden meanings: "It transforms an apparently innocuous introductory question of identity into a programmatic textual enigma that has been challenging Apuleius's readers ever since."(60)
Lucius Apuleius, who died about 1,800 years ago, was an unreconstructed Roman, who became an initiate of the cult of Isis, a weird sort of mystery religion which, like the more famous Mysteries at Eleusis, had no creeds, no scriptures, and no clergy.
Classicists and Latin scholars examine aspects of writing by first-century Roman writer Lucius Apuleius that illuminate his birth and upbringing in Africa and his continuing interest in it.