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The Golden Ass Hardcover – 1 May 1994

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  • Hardcover: 332 pages
  • Publisher: Clarendon Press; New edition edition (1 May 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0198149328
  • ISBN-13: 978-0198149323
  • Product Dimensions: 14.5 x 3.1 x 22.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,001,888 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"An execllent introduction and an accurate...translation."--Jim Williams, SUNY at Genesco"This translation deserves the highest praise. It is idiomatic whenever possible, clear and effective throughout; I am more impressed with it than with three others that I have sampled. The introduction is informative and balanced in judgment."--Philip F. O'Mara, Bridgewater College"This is a good edition. The translation flows, the introduction is thorough."--Richard Mason, George Mason University"[A] fresh, funny, evocative translation that captures Apuleius at his most uncanny."--W. Gardern Campbell, Mary washington College"Walsh's new rendering--which on every page, improves upon the commonly used and dated translations of Jack Lindsay and Robert Graves--appears at a time when this ever popular novel is even more greatly appreciated by social historians for the window it provides on provincial life among real imperial subjects in the second century CE. This edition is enhanced by an excellent introduction, a select bibliography, explanatory notes, and an index and glossary of names....It should quickly become the obvious choice for Latin-less readers."--Religious Studies Review6R"This translation is literal enough to come to a scholar's aid, and at the same time scholarly enough to use without embarrassment."--Bryn Mawr Classical Review"P.G. Walsh has given us an excellent translation, contemporary without being too trendy, as well as a superb introduction that gives the historical, philosophical, and religious background of the work....Oxford's World's Classics has done it again, has produced a useful edition and superior translation of a work that has needed it for several generations."--CAES Newsletter"Splendid volume, living up to the scholarly accuracy that makes the World's Classics series."--Professor John R. Lenz, Drew University"OUP's decision to commission a new translation of Apuleius' novel by a scholar who has made a significant contribution to Apuleian studies is a welcome move. This is without doubt the translation I would prescribe for students studying the work in English."--Bryn Mawr Classical Review"The best scholarly introduction and notes among the currently available paperback editions and a very high standard of accuracy in representing the Latin original."--Professor Robert Lamberton, Washington University --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Lucius Apuleius (2nd Century AD) was a North African fubulist who Latinized the Greek myths and legends. He travelled widely, visiting Italy and Asia, where he was initiated into numerous religious mysteries. He drew on the knowledge he gained about the priestly fraternities to write the "Golden Ass," which "Cupid and Psyche" is extracted from. E.J. Kenney is Emeritus Kennedy Professor of Latin in the University of Cambridge. His publications include a critical edition of Ovid's amatory works. He is a Fellow of the British Academy." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Written in the second century AD, The Golden Ass, is as bawdy or tawdry (depending on your point of view) as a downmarket tabloid newspaper. Criminality, bestiality, avarice, eroticism, there's barely a single aspect of low-life human behaviour that doesn't feature in this book. What's striking is that mankind has changed so very little in the last two thousand years and the beauty of this book is that the writing is still so fresh that it vividly brings to life the reality of living in Antiquity.

The book also has the distinction of being one of the few ancient texts that contain any details about the Isis Mysteries, which the author is initiated into at the end of the book. Since initiates were sworn to secrecy, this doesn't amount to much but nonetheless gives a fascinating insight into the ritualistic and mystical elements surounding the Isis cult.

Some feel that the spiritual tone of this final section is rather at odds with the sordid catalogue of events in the rest of the book but it's message seems quite clear to me. Life can dump all sorts of crap on us and we can do our best to get out from under it but ultimately our chances of success simply rely on luck or a divine act of grace.

Robert Graves translation flows wonderfully and if, as some claim, he's taken quite a few liberties with the original Latin, I'm not particularly bothered because it makes for a great read.
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Golden ass the reason why Eros became ingrained in the Western psyche. This book is an eye witness to the glory of the ancient world.
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