The Golden Ass, a fictional novel by Apuleius, is a comedic tale of a young man named Lucius who is fascinated with witchcraft. Lucius’ curiosity backfires when he is accidentally transformed into a donkey. He is bought and sold several times, and into several unique situations, until the goddess Isis offers him rose petals, which turn him back to human form. Her help comes with a price as he is now required to do the will of the gods.
To the Right Honourable and Mighty Lord, Thomas
Earle of Sussex, Viscount Fitzwalter,
Lord of Egremont and of Burnell, Knight of the most
noble Order of the Garter, Iustice of the forrests
The influence of Lucius Apuleius (c.124-170) on the development of Western prose fiction can not be overestimated. His Metamorphoses, the only surviving novel in Latin, has provided a model stylistica...
Apuleii Opera Omnia, 2 volumes, edited by Gustav Friedrich Hildebrand (Leipzig: C. Cnobloch, 1842; reprinted, Hildesheim: Olms, 1968); Ad Apulei Madaurensis Metamorphoseon librum primum commentarius...
Apuleius Madaurensis, or Apuleius of Madauros, is best known as the author of the Latin novel Asinus Aureus (The Golden Ass, after A.D. 160). The "Madaurensis" part of his name refers to his place of ...