A Companion to the Prologue of Apuleius Metamorphoses

Hardcover | November 1, 2001

EditorAhuvia Kahane, Andrew Laird

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Nowadays we can judge books by their covers. In antiquity, when a 'book' was a papyrus roll, its first few words advertised the nature of the text to follow. The Prologue of Apuleius' innovative novel, the Metamorphoses (or Golden Ass), is an extraordinary example of a programmatic opening,which has captivated readers and scholars from the Renaissance to the present day. This short text raises a variety of important questions about liberty, and about historical and linguistic interpretation. Along with a new text and translation of the Prologue, the twenty-four discussions in this volume, commissioned from internationally known specialists, cover issues ranging from philosophy and cultural history to intertextuality and Latinity. This collection of essays combines the broaderperspectives of an interdisciplinary anthology with the closer focus of a traditional commentary. As a model for collaborative work, it displays the strength and diversity of existing approaches to ancient texts and is designed to stimulate new developments in the study of classics and laterliteratures.

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Nowadays we can judge books by their covers. In antiquity, when a 'book' was a papyrus roll, its first few words advertised the nature of the text to follow. The Prologue of Apuleius' innovative novel, the Metamorphoses (or Golden Ass), is an extraordinary example of a programmatic opening,which has captivated readers and scholars from...

Andrew Laird is at University of Warwick, and Visiting Fellow in the Department of Classics at Princeton University. Ahuvia Kahane is at Northwestern University.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:342 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.87 inPublished:November 1, 2001Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Introduction1. S. J. Harrison (with M. Winterbottom): The Prologue to Apuleius' Metamorphoses: Text, Translation, and Textual Commentary2. R. G. M. Nisbet: Cola and Clausulae in to Apuleius' Metamorphoses 1.13. J. Powell: Some Linguistic Points in the Prologue4. M. Trapp: Apuleius' Prologue and the Anxieties of Philosophers5. M. Edwards: Reflections of the African Character of Apuleius6. S. Swain: The Hiding Author: Context and Implication7. B. Gibson: Argutia Nilotici Calami: A Theocritean Reed8. E. Gowers: Apuleius and Persius9. W. Smith: Apuleius and Luke: Prologue and Epilogue in Conversion Contexts10. K. Clarke: Prologue and Provenance: Quis Ille? or Unde Ille?11. D. Innes: Why Isthmos Ephyrea?12. K. Dowden: Prologic, Predecessors and Prohibitions13. A. Bitel: Fiction and History in Apuleius' Milesian Prologue14. J. Morgan: The Prologues of the Greek Novels and Apuleius15. R. Carver: Quis Ille?: The Role of the Prologue in Apuleius Metamorphoses.16. Yun Lee Too: Losing the Author's Voice: Cultural and Personal Identities in the Metamorphoses.17. J. Henderson: In Ya (Pre)face18. I. de Jong: The Prologue as a Pseudo-Dialogue and the Identity of Its Main Speaker19. N. W. Slater: The Horizons of Reading20. D. Fowler: Writing with Style: The Prologue to Apuleius' Metamorphoses between fingierte Mundlichkeit and Textuality21. A. Kahane: Antiquity's Future: Writing, Speech and Representation in the Prologue to Apuleius' Metamorphoses22. M. Zimmermann: Quis ille...lector?: Addressee(s) in the Prologue and Throughout the Metamorphoses23. P. James: From Prologue to Story: Metaphor and Narrative Construction in the Opening of the Metamorphoses24. A. Laird: Paradox and Transcendence: The Prologue as the End.EnvoiBibliographyIndex

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"This book of 325 pages...is given over to only the first 119 words of Apuleius' Metamorphoses in twenty-four essays by some of the best Classicists of this generation."--Religious Studies Review