Apuleius Metamorphoses: A Study in Roman Fiction

Hardcover | July 12, 2014

byStefan Tilg

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This volume reveals how Apuleius' Metamorphoses - the only fully extant Roman novel and a classic of world literature - works as a piece of literature, exploring its poetics and the way in which questions of production and reception are reflected in its text. Providing a roughly linear readingof key passages, the volume develops an original idea of Apuleius as an ambitious writer led by the literary tradition, rhetoric, and Platonism, and argues that he created what we could call a seriocomic "philosophical novel" avant la lettre. The author focuses, in particular, on the ways in whichApuleius drew attention to his achievement and introduced the Greek ass story to Roman literature. Thus, the volume also sheds new light on the forms and the literary and intellectual potential of the genre of the ancient novel.

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This volume reveals how Apuleius' Metamorphoses - the only fully extant Roman novel and a classic of world literature - works as a piece of literature, exploring its poetics and the way in which questions of production and reception are reflected in its text. Providing a roughly linear readingof key passages, the volume develops an ori...

Stefan Tilg received his PhD in Classics in Innsbruck, Austria (2003). He was Assistant to the chair of Latin at the University of Bern (2003-2006). Various scholarships brought him to Corpus Christi College, Oxford, the Centre for Hellenic Studies in Washington D.C., and the Klassisch-Philologisches Seminar of the University of Zuric...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:208 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.01 inPublished:July 12, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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PrefaceAbbreviationsNote to the Reader1. The Model: Religious Metamorphoseis?2. The Prologue: Loukios Goes to Rome3. A Poetics in Tales: Milesian, Neoteric, Odyssean4. A Philosophical Novel: Platonic Fiction5. The Isis Book: Serious Entertainment6. The Epilogue: Autobiography and Author's Biography7. Is This the End? Closure and Playfulness in the Last Sentence8. SummaryReferencesIndex