The Golden Ass

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RosettaBooks, Mar 6, 2014 - Fiction - 311 pages
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Translated from the Latin by the poet and author of I, Claudius, this ancient Roman novel follows the many adventures of a man who transforms into an ass.
Driven by his all-consuming curiosity, a young man of good parentage named Lucius Apuleius takes a trip to Thessaly. Along the way, amidst a series of bizarre adventures, he inadvertently offends a priestess of the White Goddess, who promptly turns him into an ass. How Lucius responds to his new misfortune, and ultimately finds a way to become human again, makes for a funny and fascinating tale.
The Metamorphosis of Apuleius, referred to by St. Augustine as The Golden Ass, is the oldest novel written in Latin to survive in its entirety. Originally written by Lucius of Patrae, this translation by Robert Graves highlights the ribald humor and vivid sense of adventure present in the original. Providing a rare window into the daily lives of regular people in ancient Greece, Robert Graves’s translation of this classic tale is at once hilarious, informative, and captivating.

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THE GOLDEN ASS: The Transformations Of Lucius

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A new rendering into English of a second century novel is brightly introduced by its translator who not only explains his reasons for re-vamping this classic but also comments on its long history and ... Read full review

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Apuleiuss Address to the Reader
The Story of Aristomenes
At Milos House
The Story of Thelyphron
The Festival of Laughter
Lucius Is Transformed
The Bandits Cave
At the StudFarm
With the Eunuch Priests
At the MillHouse
With the MarketGardener and the Centurion
At the Councillors House
Under the Trainer
The Goddess Isis Intervenes
The Ass Is Transformed

Cupid and Psyche
Defeat of the Bandits
At the

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Robert Graves (1895-1985) was an English novelist, poet, and translator of Classical Greek and Roman literature, and one of the most prominent English writers of the 20th century. He was an extremely prolific writer, who published more than 140 novels and collections of poetry. In addition to novels and poetry, he published groundbreaking analysis of Greek mythology, as well as memoir. Graves is best known for his historical novels, which include I, Claudius, Claudius, the God, The Golden Fleece, King Jesus, and Count Belisarius.

Robert Graves served in combat in World War I and was gravely wounded at the Battle of the Somme. Following his recovery, he wrote several works of war poetry as well as a memoir of his time in combat, entitled Goodbye to All That. In 1934, Robert Graves was awarded the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for his historical novels dealing with the Roman Emperor Claudius.

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