Apuleius: A Latin Sophist by S. J. Harrison

By S. J. Harrison

This booklet is a reaction to the literary pleasures and scholarly difficulties of examining the texts of Apuleius, most renowned for his novel Metamorphoses or Golden Ass. residing in second-century North Africa, Apuleius used to be greater than an writer of fiction; he was once a consummate orator highbrow, Platonist thinker, amazing stylist, relentless self-promoter, and flexible writer of a remarkably various physique of labor, a lot of which is misplaced to us. This publication is written for these capable of learn Apuleius in Latin, and Apuleian works are therefore quoted with no translation (although the place they exist compatible translations were indicated). during this ebook Dr Harrison has supplied a literary instruction manual to the entire works of Apuleius in addition to the Metamorphoses, and has set his works opposed to their highbrow historical past: not just Apuleius' profession as a appearing highbrow, a sophist, in second-century Roman North Africa, but in addition the bigger modern framework of the Greek moment Sophistic. whereas focusing totally on the texts as literature and literary-historical, the ebook additionally bargains with Apuleius' works of didactic philosophy and his consequent reference to center Platonism.

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