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The Antiquarian Ass: Apuleius and the <i>Hypnerotomachia Poliphili</i> (1499)

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/9780199217861.003.0007

Series: Oxford Classical Monographs

The Antiquarian Ass: Apuleius and the Hypnerotomachia Poliphili (1499)

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The Hypnerotomachia Poliphili (‘The Strife of Love in a Dream of Poliphilo’) — first published in Venice in December 1499 — has long been regarded (particularly by art critics and bibliophiles) as one of the great glories (and curiosities) of Western civilization. This chapter argues that the Hypnerotomachia is probably the most remarkable piece of prose fiction to emerge in the 15th century and deserves an honoured place in the Western Canon between the Decameron and Gargantua and Pantagruel. It is also the work of Renaissance literature that displays most exuberantly its debts to Apuleius.

Keywords: Hypnerotomachia Poliphili; Apuleius; The Golden Ass; Latin prose fiction

Chapter.  27077 words. 

Subjects: Classical Literature

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