The metamorphoses of apuleius has intrigued and perplexed scholars throughout the ages. The plot revolves around the protagonists curiosity curiositas and insatiable. The golden ass, being the metamorphoses of lucius apuleius. A new complete downloadable english translation of the roman novel. Venus returned from the wedding festivities that evening, smelling of balsam and soaked with wine, her whole body garlanded in. The bulk of the novel recounts his adventures as an animal, but lucius also recounts many stories he overhears, including that of cupid and psyche. Apuleius the golden ass or metamorphoses translated with an introduction. Book 11 a new complete downloadable english translation with comprehensive index, and other poetry translations including baudelaire, chinese, european. Apuleius synonyms, apuleius pronunciation, apuleius translation, english dictionary definition of apuleius. Sep 03, 2016 but it is a remarkable fact that all early translations into french, german, and english had become landmark events in the development of elegant writing. There is plenty of room, as the text with notes is only 63 pages long.
Apuleius metamorphoses or the golden ass, our only complete latin novel, tells the story of lucius, a young man turned into a donkey by magic because of his unfettered curiosity. In a translation that is both the most faithful and the most entertaining to date, ruden reveals to modern readers the vivid, farcical ingenuity of apuleius s style. At the end of the novel, he is revealed to be from madaurus, the hometown of apuleius himself. Discussion of lucians lucius, or the ass sightreading. Mother, forgive me, and in my harsh misfortune, show a little human kindness. This page contains details about the fiction book the golden ass metamorphoses. This book is the 751st greatest fiction book of all time as determined by. The second wife fell in love with the first son, now a handsome youth. Lucius wants the sensations of a bird, but by pharmaceutical accident becomes an ass.
He was a numidian who lived under the roman empire and was from madauros now mdaourouch, algeria. See all formats and editions hide other formats and editions. Id like to string together various tales in the milesian style, and charm your kindly ear with seductive murmurs, so long as youre ready to be amazed at human forms and fortunes changed radically and then restored in turn in mutual exchange, and dont object to reading egyptian papyri, inscribed by a sly reed from the nile. Apuleius and the second sophistic by gerald sandy 2 times apology. The book of isis is the 11th chapter of the novel metamorphoses or the golden ass, written around.
Book iii on trial, lucius transformed book iv the robbers, the tale of cupid and psyche. The metamorphoses of apuleius, which augustine of hippo referred to as the golden ass asinus aureus, is the only ancient roman novel in latin to survive in its entirety the protagonist of the novel is called lucius. An old woman tells lucius the story of cupid and psyche books ivvi. After many adventures he is finally saved by the goddess isis, whose follower he becomes. Apuleius enchanting story has inspired generations of writers such as boccaccio, shakespeare, cervantes and keats with its dazzling combination of allegory, satire, bawdiness and sheer exuberance, and the golden ass remains the most continuously and accessibly amusing book to have survived from classical antiquity. The golden ass study guide contains a biography of apuleius, literature essays, quiz questions, major themes, characters, and a full summary and analysis.
Text, translation and textual commentary, in kahane, a. Metamorphoses by apuleius book 389 editions published between 1500 and 2019 in 14 languages and held by 4,087 worldcat member libraries worldwide. Apuleius metamorphoses or golden ass written in a highly ornate and archaizing latin probably in the 160s or so, apuleius prose novel, the metamorphoses known to saint augustine as the golden ass, tells the story of lucius, a romannamed greek youth of means and prominent family. In book 11 of apuleius novel metamorphoses the protagonist, lucius, transformed into an ass due to misusage of witchcraft encounters isis through a dream while sleeping at a remote beach in central greece. Metamorphoses book 11, translated by brookes more death of orpheus 1 while with his songs, orpheus, the bard of thrace, allured the trees, the savage animals, and even the insensate rocks, to follow him. A detailed introduction covers the prescribed text to be read in english, placing the work in its roman literary context. Book 1 exhibits the spontaneity and ebullience of apuleius latin as well as his ability to engage the reader with a lively story.
The metamorphoses the golden ass of apuleius born c. He studied platonism in athens, travelled to italy, asia minor, and egypt, and was an initiate in several cults. With an introduction, in which the meaning of the fable is unfolded. Until book xi all of the acts experienced by lucius are that of him in the form of an ass. The apologia and florida of apuleius of madaura oxford. There, vulcan, the god of fire and technology, had created a picture of the world through metalworking. Apuleius was born in madauros, a colonia in numidia on the north african coast bordering gaetulia, and he described himself as halfnumidian halfgaetulian. This work is licensed under a creative commons attributionsharealike 3. The metamorphoses of apuleius, which augustine of hippo referred to as the golden ass asinus aureus, is the only ancient roman novel in latin to survive in its entirety. For the mixed nature of apuleius audience, see bradley, apuleius and carthage. Bradley points out that the theater in carthage apuleius describes in. This is the endorsed publication from ocr and bloomsbury for the latin alevel group 2 prescription of apuleius metamorphoses v, giving full latin text, commentary and vocabulary for sections 11 24.
Jan 31, 2011 rdg ovid metamorphoses 14 38823 downloads this is a literal wordforword translation of ovids metamorphoses books from the key to the classics series by rev. The master had a son from a first wife and a son from a second wife. Ovid, metamorphoses 11 theoi classical texts library. The apology latin and english, with commentary, trans.
Book ix the mill, the tale of arete and philesitherus. Cupids warning this wicked scheme greatly pleased the two wicked sisters. Books of transformations is a latin narrative poem by the roman poet ovid, considered his magnum opus. Summary using a transdisciplinary approach for a thorough assessment of the muchdebated religious ending of the metamorphoses, this new and detailed commentary on apuleius isis book will elucidate the narrative in its literary, religious, archaeological and cultural context. Perfect for acing essays, tests, and quizzes, as well as for writing lesson plans. An annotated edition of book 1 of apuleius novel metamorphoses, this text is suitable for a students first unadapted author, or in combination with other readings at the intermediate level. Click on a word to bring up parses, dictionary entries, and frequency statistics. Occasionally i have added to the translation where adlington has omitted certain passages. For a practicing neoplatonist, or a kin to ancient folk by heart and spirit this books conveys many trophies with plots that could easily be. Read less than it deserves at the undergraduate level, apuleius metamorphoses tells the story of lucius the assman and his encounters with sex, magic, robbers, storytellers, slaves, and finally the goddess. About midday, under a scorching sun, we stopped in a village at a house owned by some elderly friends and acquaintances of the robbers. Ovids metamorphoses literal translation teaching resources. Fiction, classical mythology, metamorphosis, latin fiction, translations into english, translations into italian, translations into spanish, translations into french, isis egyptian deity, metamorphosis in literature, latin literature, translations into russian, mythology, classical, in literature, translations into. Metamorphoses, the golden ass being the metamorphoses of lucius apuleius.
Book viii reveals the story of charite, a girl who had suffered at the hands of the robbers. Apuleius s golden ass is a unique, entertaining, and thoroughly readable latin novelthe only work of fiction in latin to have survived from antiquity. Latin text, with facing translation, substantial introduction and. The internet classics archive the defense by apuleius. Edited with an introduction, translation and commentary by j. The mellon foundation provided support for entering this text. The defense by apuleius, part of the internet classics archive. Lucius is discovered to be an extraordinary donkey, but his true story is not yet known. Book 11 a new complete downloadable english translation with comprehensive index, and other poetry translations including. The experiences of a long life have not, i think, exhausted the springs of pity in that revered grey head of yours. Summary of the metamorphoses the spectacles of apuleius. Please note that, in spite of my updating, this is still an old translation.
Dec 26, 2017 reading from metamorphosis by apuleius, book 11, wherein he relates his initiation into. The golden ass, or, metamorphoses by apuleius translation from latin by e. Full text of apuleius the golden ass penguin classics. B y book ix lucius has been passed around many times to various owners and is in bad shape from the abuse he has endured. The golden ass the metamorphoses of apuleiuslucius. Apuleius, the golden ass based upon a translation by william adlington 1566 i have updated the spelling and idiom of the text, and have added chapter numbers. An online book about this author is available, as is a wikipedia article apuleius. Fiction, classical mythology, metamorphosis, latin fiction, translations into english, translations into italian, translations into spanish, translations into french, isis egyptian deity, metamorphosis in literature, latin literature, translations into russian, mythology, classical, in literature, translations. It was of great benefit to read books 16 of apuleius in the magnificent translation of j.
Section 1 79k section 2 72k section 3 75k section 4 77k download. They hid all the costly gifts, and tearing their hair and lacerating their cheeks, as they deserved to do, falsely renewed their lamentations. Or metamorphoses adlington s translation, 1566 and enjoy. The defense has been divided into the following sections. The golden ass by apuleius meet your next favorite book. From the cruel mockery of the festival of laughter to the sweet tale of cupid and psyche, from adventures that question humananimal boundaries to the profoundly spiritual. The friendship even an ass could gather from their first greetings, long conversations, and exchange of embraces. Roman philosopher and satirist whose bestknown work is the golden ass.
A seriocomic interpretation of apuleius, metamorphoses 11. Ruebel 2 times apology by apuleius 2 times crisis and conversion in apuleius metamorphoses by nancy shumate 2 times golden ass of apuleius. His vocabulary and notes offer even a high school latin student the ability to read apuleius in the original without hesitation or apprehension. The isisbook metamorphoses, book xi edited with an. A new english translation of the transformations of lucius apuleius, and the rites of isis. Comprising 11,995 lines, 15 books and over 250 myths, the poem chronicles the history of the world from its creation to the deification of julius caesar within a loose mythicohistorical framework. It tells the story of the hero lucius, whose curiosity and fascination for sex and magic results in his transformation into an ass. He was a poet, philosopher, and rhetorician from whom numerous works survive some of doubtful authenticity.
Learn exactly what happened in this chapter, scene, or section of metamorphoses and what it means. Bibliography includes bibliographical references pages 567607 and indexes. His curiosity about magic gets him changed into a donkey. Instantly i was freed from sleep and leapt up, bathed in sweat, with feelings of fear and joy. Ciconian matrons, with their raving breasts concealed in skins of forest animals, from the summit of a hill observed him there, attuning love songs to a sounding. The soldier takes lucius, outfits him in military adornments, and eventually leaves him with a slave so he could report to his superior lucius tells of a crime committed at the house of the slaves master.
Lucius is told the tale of the robbers and demochares. This is a literal wordforword translation of ovids metamorphoses books from the key to the classics series by rev. Book viii the tale of thrasyllus and charite, the eunuchs. Metamorphoses the golden ass, volume ii, books 7 11 loeb classical library no. The story of ceyx and alcyone is one of the most tender and moving tales in the metamorphoses. Or metamorphoses adlington s translation, 1566 by lucius apuleius is a classic work of literature that can be enjoyed by all. The golden ass books 1011 summary and analysis gradesaver. Ruebel has created a most useful edition of metamorphoses book i. This book discusses the use of drama as an intertext in the work of the 2nd century latin author apuleius, who wrote the only complete extant latin novel, the metamorphoses, in which a young man is turned into a donkey by magic. Madaurus was the same colonia where augustine of hippo later received part of his early education, and, though located well away from the romanized coast, is today the site of some pristine roman ruins.
Apuleius definition of apuleius by the free dictionary. Metamorphoses the golden ass, vol 2, books 711 by apuleius. The palace of the sun turns out to be made entirely of precious metals, and far superior to anything featured on mtvs cribs ovid tells us that what was most stupendously awesome, however, was the artwork on the doors. To which are added, a metrical version of cupid and psyche, and mrs. The chief question mark is that hanging over book 11 of the golden ass and. Even though it deals with suffering, the storys symmetry suggests balance and peace are possible even in the face of great loss. The golden ass kindle edition by apuleius, ruden, sarah. Religion and narrative in the metamorphoses of apuleius. The golden ass, the first latin novel to survive in its entirety, is related to the second sophistic, a movement of learned and inventive literature.56 318 570 340 804 1268 558 212 262 1364 821 102 342 727 472 1419 524 548 1068 514 1443 2 903 1451 1433 874 1325 403 1343 600 614 461 714 528 222 1412 1365 1252 815 1011 815 549 288 980