Have the students go online and look up the region of Thessaly. Where is it? What is it known for? What is the climate, people, religion, and language of the region? Have a map pulled down so that you can easily refer to this region while studying the book.
Get to Know the Author
Have a discussion with the class about the author. Who is Apulieus? When was he alive? What is he known for? Why do you think he wrote a novel like this during this time period? Make sure the students have a firm grasp of the author.
Food and Wine 101
In The Golden Ass, there are certain wine and dinner rituals that are different from today. Talk with the class about the rituals of dinner during this period in history (such as the diluting of wine before drinking, etc) so that they understand...
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