Apuleius: A Latin Sophist

Paperback | January 15, 2004

byS. J. Harrison

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This book is a response to the literary pleasures and scholarly problems of reading the texts of Apuleius, most famous for his novel Metamorphoses or Golden Ass. Living in second-century North Africa, Apuleius was more than an author of fiction; he was a consummate orator and professionalintellectual, Platonist philosopher, extraordinary stylist, relentless self-promoter, and versatile author of a remarkably diverse body of work, much of which is lost to us. This book is written for those able to read Apuleius in Latin, and Apuleian works are accordingly quoted without translation(although where they exist suitable translations have been indicated). In this book Dr Harrison has provided a literary handbook to all the works of Apuleius as well as the Metamorphoses, and has set his works against their intellectual background: not only Apuleius' career as a performingintellectual, a sophist, in second-century Roman North Africa, but also the larger contemporary framework of the Greek Second Sophistic. While focusing primarily on the texts as literature and literary-historical, the book also deals with Apuleius' works of didactic philosophy and his consequentconnection with Middle Platonism.

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This book is a response to the literary pleasures and scholarly problems of reading the texts of Apuleius, most famous for his novel Metamorphoses or Golden Ass. Living in second-century North Africa, Apuleius was more than an author of fiction; he was a consummate orator and professionalintellectual, Platonist philosopher, extraordin...

S. J. Harrison is a Reader in Classical Language and Literature, University of Oxford.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:290 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.65 inPublished:January 15, 2004Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199271380

ISBN - 13:9780199271382

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`Harrison's book makes a valuable contribution to our understanding of the figure of Apuleius in all its complexity.'Andrea Cucchiarelli, Journal of Roman Studies