The <i>Metamorphoses</i> of Apuleius: From Antiquity to the Early Middle Ages

Robert H. F. Carver

in The Protean Ass

Published in print December 2007 | ISBN: 9780199217861
Published online May 2008 | e-ISBN: 9780191712357 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Classical Monographs

The Metamorphoses of Apuleius: From Antiquity to the Early Middle Ages

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This chapter explores the Metamorphoses of Apuleius from Late Antiquity to the Early Middle Ages. From Late Antiquity and the early Middle Ages various strategies to accommodate, within a Christian culture, the pagan pantheon of classical Greece and Rome evolved. Apuleius was not only born into the Christian era but, as an educated philosopher, in a position to embrace or reject Christian Truth. In the Metamorphoses, he could actually be seen to be advocating an Egyptian cult which, at the beginning of the first millennium, was one of Christianity's strongest rivals.

Keywords: Apuleius; The Golden Ass; Latin prose fiction; Metamorphoses

Chapter.  25874 words. 

Subjects: Classical Literature

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