Lucius Apuleius: The golden ass

Scope and Content

'The golden ass or xi books of metamorphoses newly translated and castigated, the objectionable passages being expunged from the Latin of Lucius Apuleius. Dedicated to Mr M-rt-n.' The document is dated London, 1825. The text has many corrections and crossings-out.

Administrative / Biographical History

Lucius Apuleius (c. 124-c. 170), poet, philosopher and rhetorician, was born in Madaurus (M'Daourouch), now part of Algeria. After an education in Carthage, Athens and Rome, he became a speaker and philosopher in Carthage. His Metamorphoses, or The golden ass, is a Latin novel, written around 170. It describes the adventures of Lucius, who embarks on a series of exploits after being transformed into an ass before regaining his human form with the help of the goddess Isis. It was Apuleius' most famous work, and influenced Renaissance writers such as Boccaccio and Cervantes.

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Acquisition Information

Presented by L. Deval, 1979.


Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives.

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