Apuleius and Africa (Routledge Monographs in Classical by Benjamin Todd Lee,Ellen Finkelpearl,Luca Graverini

By Benjamin Todd Lee,Ellen Finkelpearl,Luca Graverini

The Metamorphoses or Golden Ass of Apuleius (ca. a hundred and seventy CE) is a Latin novel written by means of a local of Madauros in Roman North Africa, approximately equivalent to fashionable Tunisia including components of Libya and Algeria. Apuleius’ novel is predicated at the version of a misplaced Greek novel; it narrates the adventures of a Greek personality with a Roman identify who spends the majority of the unconventional reworked into an animal, touring from Greece to Rome simply to finish his adventures within the capital urban of the empire as a clergyman of the Egyptian goddess Isis. Apuleius’ Florida and Apology deal extra explicitly with the African provenance and personality in their writer whereas additionally demonstrating his complicated interplay with Greek, Roman, and native cultures. Apuleius’ philosophical works increase different questions about Greek vs. African and Roman cultural id.



Apuleius in Africa addresses the matter of this complex complicated of alternative identities and its connection to Apuleius’ literary construction. It specially emphasizes Apuleius’ African history, a historical past that has for the main half been both downplayed or perhaps deplored by way of earlier scholarship. The individuals contain philologists, historians, and specialists in fabric tradition; between them are one of the most revered students of their fields. The chapters supply due cognizance to all parts of Apuleius’ oeuvre, and holiday new floor either at the interpretation of Apuleius’ literary construction and at the tradition of the Roman Empire within the moment century. the quantity additionally contains a sleek, sub-Saharan contribution within which "Africa" in general ability Mediterranean Africa.

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