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<i>Asinus Redivivus</i>: The Recovery of <i>The Golden Ass</i>

Robert H. F. Carver

in The Protean Ass

Published in print December 2007 | ISBN: 9780199217861
Published online May 2008 | e-ISBN: 9780191712357 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199217861.003.0005

Series: Oxford Classical Monographs

 Asinus Redivivus: The Recovery of The Golden Ass

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This chapter explores the rediscovery of The Golden Ass. Evidence of first-hand acquaintance with The Golden Ass exists from the beginning of the trecento. By the middle of the 14th century, copies are in the hands of the leading humanists Petrarch and Boccaccio. By the end of the century, Psyche has been re-enthroned in the Genealogia, and The Golden Ass is on its way to becoming part of the common property of the Italian Renaissance.

Keywords: Apuleius; The Golden Ass; Latin prose fiction; humanists; Petrarch; Boccaccio; Psyche; Italian Renaissance

Chapter.  26775 words. 

Subjects: Classical Literature

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