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The Metamorphoses (The Golden Ass) of Apuleius (born c. 125 CE) is a romance combining realism and magic. Lucius wants the sensations of a bird, but by pharmaceutical accident becomes an ass. The bulk of the novel recounts his adventures as an animal, but Lucius also recounts many stories he overhears, including that of Cupid and Psyche.


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The Metamorphoses (The Golden Ass) of Apuleius (born c. 125 CE) is a romance combining realism and magic. Lucius wants the sensations of a bird, but by pharmaceutical accident becomes an ass. The bulk of the novel recounts his adventures as an animal, but Lucius also recounts many stories he overhears, including that of Cupid and Psyche.

30 review for Metamorphoses (The Golden Ass), Vol 2, Books 7-11

  1. 5 out of 5

    Nathan

    Earliest attested use of the word "adorabile," which is nice. Bit out of place in a narrative about a man who's magically transformed into a donkey and who gets involved with criminal mischief, violence, and cross-species sexuality, but nice. Earliest attested use of the word "adorabile," which is nice. Bit out of place in a narrative about a man who's magically transformed into a donkey and who gets involved with criminal mischief, violence, and cross-species sexuality, but nice.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Mateusz

    “Senties, efficiam, misero dolori naturales vires adesse” I will make you learn that bitter grief has inborn strength Metamorphoses, Liber VII, Stanza 27 Inborn strength that turns to valor is the overcoming that leads to the holiness of Eleusian fields. V.I.T.R.I.O.L/L.O.I.R.T.I.V May the Great Goddess IO thrive eternally, for her eyes are the stars, and her robes the cosmic night that gathers all children upon the starry wondrous fields of eternity. I have been consoled by the sight of her rainbo “Senties, efficiam, misero dolori naturales vires adesse” I will make you learn that bitter grief has inborn strength Metamorphoses, Liber VII, Stanza 27 Inborn strength that turns to valor is the overcoming that leads to the holiness of Eleusian fields. V.I.T.R.I.O.L/L.O.I.R.T.I.V May the Great Goddess IO thrive eternally, for her eyes are the stars, and her robes the cosmic night that gathers all children upon the starry wondrous fields of eternity. I have been consoled by the sight of her rainbow wings once, may She gather all of us. I am thankful to master Apuleius, from ancient times into the modern, while reading the last Liber I was moved to tears, almost forgetful of my past gratitude and Divine occurences. Eoai!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Veiltender

    This is a complex book, and a difficult one to review. As a scholar of ancient religion and magic, it is worth the price of admission for the descriptions of magic and especially the initiation into the Isis Cult. The tale of Cupid and Psyche is justly famous. Yet the ancient Roman misogyny is on display again and again. A profoundly complex and thought-provoking book. I found the Loeb translation very readable.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Scott

    Strangely entertaining fantasy tales of Lucius’s curious adventures he observes when transmogrified into jackass, by a witch’s spell. The tales are both funny and at times filthy. (Some were later borrowed by Boccaccio in his tales of the Decameron.)

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jocelyn

    I read Volume II as well!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Matevž

  7. 4 out of 5

    Quasar

  8. 5 out of 5

    Sára

  9. 4 out of 5

    Isa

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jonathan

  11. 5 out of 5

    Mandor

  12. 5 out of 5

    Mark

  13. 5 out of 5

    Liza

  14. 5 out of 5

    Jan Liebaut

  15. 4 out of 5

    Tara Auty

  16. 4 out of 5

    Adam

  17. 4 out of 5

    Joseph R. Howard

  18. 4 out of 5

    Kevin Gomis

  19. 5 out of 5

    Anselm Snodgrass

  20. 5 out of 5

    Jeff Falter

  21. 5 out of 5

    Hayden Lane

  22. 5 out of 5

    P.D. Maior

  23. 4 out of 5

    Xavier Albons

  24. 5 out of 5

    Bunny Waring

  25. 4 out of 5

    Ipek Çınar

  26. 5 out of 5

    Joseph Richard

  27. 5 out of 5

    Alebriand

  28. 4 out of 5

    Gary

  29. 5 out of 5

    Minerva Thai

  30. 4 out of 5

    Polina

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