Apuleius: Cupid and Psyche

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Cambridge University Press, Dec 6, 1990 - History - 243 pages
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Apuleius' story of Cupid and Psyche, the relationship of the human Soul with divine Love, is one of the great allegories of world literature. It forms an integral part of and profoundly illuminates the message of his novel Metamorphoses or The Golden Ass, which relates the adventures of a young man and his spiritual fall and redemption. To enrich and deepen his basic plot, the origins of which are obscure, Apuleius has combined poetic sources, Platonic philosophy and popular iconography in an unprecedented tour de force of literary creation. This edition 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 with forms the vehicle for it. It places in a fresh light the results of recent work on the ancient Novel and on Apuleius himself, and offers a stimulating, occasionally provocative, reading of his much-discussed text. The Latin is accompanied by a facing English translation, making the edition more accessible to students of comparative literature as well as to classicists.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
2 The book
2
3 The message of the Metamorphoses
6
4 The story of Cupid and Psyche
12
b Sources and models
17
c Narrative voices
22
d The conduct of the story
24
e A note on allegory
27
5 Style and language
28
6 The text
38
text and facing translation
39
Commentary
116
Works cited by short title
226
Indexes
238
2 General
240
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