Apuleius: Rhetorical Works

Hardcover | September 15, 2001

Translated byS. J. Harrison, J. L. Hilton, Vincent Hunink

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These rhetorical texts by Apuleius, second-century Latin writer and author of the famous novel Metamorphoses or Golden Ass, have not been translated into English since 1909. They are some of the very few Latin speeches surviving from their century, and constitute important evidence for Latinand Roman North African social and intellectual culture in the second century AD. They are the work of a talented writer who is being increasingly viewed as the major literary artist of his time in Latin.The Apologia, Apuleius' self-defence against a charge of magic delivered in North Africa in AD 158-9, has been well described as 'a masterpiece of the Second Sophistic'. It is a brilliant lively and colourful piece and is the only full Latin oration preserved from the second century AD, andprovides important evidence for contemporary North African life.The Florida ('flowery pieces') is a collection of excerpts deriving from an earlier anthology of Apuleian speeches, most apparently delivered at Carthage in the 160s AD. As a whole, these passages offer a unique view of the rhetorical practice of a performing intellectual in Latin in the secondcentury AD. They also give important information on civic life in Carthage through their treatment of proconsuls and the local senate.The De Deo Socratis, probably also from the 160s, is an oration in the form of a popular philosophical lecture on the 'god' of Socrates, the inner voice which, according to Plato, advised him;. This is the only surviving sophistic declamation in Latin. The material is treated brilliantly byApuleius, being much ornamented with poetic quotation and rhetorical and stylistic pyrotechnics.

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These rhetorical texts by Apuleius, second-century Latin writer and author of the famous novel Metamorphoses or Golden Ass, have not been translated into English since 1909. They are some of the very few Latin speeches surviving from their century, and constitute important evidence for Latinand Roman North African social and intellect...

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This edition, the first with a full commentary in English to appear for eighty years, sensitively elucidates the subtle art with which this transformation has been accomplished, and comprehensively illustrates both Apuleius' inventive handling of his various models and sources and the exuberant and idiosyncratic Latinity which forms th...

S. J. Harrison is Fellow and Tutor of Classics, Corpus Christi College, Oxford. John L. Hilton is Lecturer in Classics, University of Natal, Durban. Vincent Hunink is Lecturer at the Katholieke Universiteit Nijmegen, the Netherlands.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:236 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.59 inPublished:September 15, 2001Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198152922

ISBN - 13:9780198152927

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"The entire work exhibits the precision and thoroughness that we expect in Kenney's scholarship....Kenney's Cupid and Psyche is a virtuosic performance and marks an auspicious beginning to the new Imperial Library from Cambridge University Press." James R. Bradley, New England Classical Journal and Newsletter