The Golden Ass (Penguin Classics) Paperback – 28 May 1998
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About the Author
Lucius Apuleius (2nd Century AD) North African fubulist, who Latinized the Greek myths and legends. He travelled widely, visiting Italy, Asia &c and was there initiated into numerous religious mysteries. The knowledge which he thus acquired of the priestly fraternities he drew on for his Golden Ass.
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.
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This story of a man becoming magically transformed into an ass by accident is full of comedy, from slapstick through to satire. Full of incidents with stories in the story, Apuleius takes us through bawdiness to thriller. We hear of sex, fron hetero to gay, to bestiality. We hear of crime from robbery and kidnap, to murder. What we are have is a book that revels exuberantly in life.
Kenney's excellent and lively translation gives to us a book that is like a just published novel. If you thought that books from antiquity were dry and boring you will have to think again after reading this. This book is a must have, and will be enjoyed by teenagers upwards.
I'll echo the previous reviews by saying that this is great fun and a really engaging read. The notes are excellent too which really helps in a work like this, drawing out many allusions.
Poetry is often said to be lost in translation but the translator has captured a real sense of the Latin while retaining the fluency of the English.
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Absolutely hilarious! Genuinely the best book I have read in a while, Apuleius is so clever and so witty! BrilliantPublished 9 months ago by Anna Thew
Apuleius' The Golden Ass is a deliciously ridiculous story of a man whom Curiosity leads to blunder into a magical accident that turns him into an ass. Read morePublished on 22 Aug. 2012 by demola