By S. J. Harrison
This booklet is a reaction to the literary pleasures and scholarly difficulties of interpreting the texts of Apuleius, most renowned for his novel Metamorphoses or Golden Ass. dwelling in second-century North Africa, Apuleius was once greater than an writer of fiction; he used to be a consummate orator highbrow, Platonist thinker, striking stylist, relentless self-promoter, and flexible writer of a remarkably assorted physique of labor, a lot of that is misplaced to us. This publication is written for these capable of learn Apuleius in Latin, and Apuleian works are hence quoted with no translation (although the place they exist appropriate translations were indicated). during this booklet Dr Harrison has supplied a literary instruction manual to all of the 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 acting 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 booklet additionally bargains with Apuleius' works of didactic philosophy and his consequent reference to center Platonism.