A Gift of Providence?

Silvia Montiglio

in Love and Providence

Published in print October 2012 | ISBN: 9780199916047
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199980239 | DOI:
A Gift of Providence?

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This chapter moves from Greece to Rome. It deals with recognitions in Petronius’s Satyrica and Apuleius’s Golden Ass. While it is possible that both novelists (Apuleius in particular) had Greek novels in mind, their treatment of recognition is widely different from them. Instead of bringing about happy endings, recognitions tend to create more trouble for those involved. This shift in the meaning of recognition is connected to the nonidealistic worldview propounded by the Roman novels. Recognitions are not a manifestation of poetic justice. In addition, in Apuleius the meaning of recognition is complicated by the protagonist’s religious initiation, which takes the place of the traditional recognition-reunion with family.

Keywords: Petronius; Apuleius; recognition; religious initiation

Chapter.  16098 words. 

Subjects: Classical Literature

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