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Apuleius' Invisible Ass
Encounters with the Unseen in the Metamorphoses

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  • Date Published: June 2019
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108475556

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  • Apuleius' Metamorphoses (or The Golden Ass), a masterpiece of Latin literature from the second century AD, still captivates modern readers with its combination of asininity and mysticism. In the novel, a young man named Lucius tells how he accidentally turns into a donkey and then describes how he regains human form with the help of the Egyptian goddess Isis, into whose cult he is initiated. This book argues that invisibility is one of the central motifs in the Metamorphoses and, in the process, presents a new interpretation of Apuleius' novel as a visionary, esoteric text. It contributes both to the study of the subtle relationship between literature and Platonic philosophy and to the cultural history of invisibility in classical antiquity and beyond.

    • Focuses on invisibility, an underexplored aspect of Apuleius' masterpiece and a central motif in modern fantasy fiction
    • Interprets the Metamorphoses as a visionary, esoteric text and contextualizes it within Apuleius' corpus and the Platonic philosophical tradition
    • Applies contemporary critical theory on the voice and narrative to the interpretation of the text
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    Product details

    • Date Published: June 2019
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108475556
    • length: 308 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 157 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.64kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: uncovering the unseen in Apuleius
    1. Apuleius' daemonic voice
    2. Invisible man: Lucius, Gyges, and the ethics of the Metamorphoses
    3. Invisibility and the structure of reality in cupid and psyche
    4. Scattered limbs and gleaming bones: the symbolism and metaphysics of fragmented bodies in the Metamorphoses
    5. Apprehending the Egyptian Gods: focalization and mysticism in book 11
    6. The power of the Metamorphoses.

  • Author

    Geoffrey C. Benson, Colgate University, New York
    Geoffrey C. Benson is Assistant Professor of the Classics at Colgate University, New York.

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