The Golden Ass Topics for Discussion

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Why is the story set in Greece?

Why does Apuleius elevate Egyptian gods (Isis and Osiris) above the gods that would be more familiar to his audience, like Jupiter and Juno?

Explain the symbolism implicit in the story of Cupid and Psyche.

What is the significance of the relationship between women and magic?

Is there any significance to Lucius' transformation into a donkey? Why does Isis say that donkeys are the creatures she loathes the most?

Explain Apuleius' implicit attitudes towards law and the legal system. What is the significance of the fact that Lucius becomes a lawyer?

Explain Apuleius' theological views and how they relate to the morality emphasized in the book's conclusion.

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