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B8. THE GOLDEN ASS, by Apuleius

  • 10/26/2022
  • 11/30/2022
  • 5 sessions
  • 10/26/2022, 1:00 PM 2:30 PM (EDT)
  • 11/02/2022, 1:00 PM 2:30 PM (EDT)
  • 11/09/2022, 1:00 PM 2:30 PM (EST)
  • 11/16/2022, 1:00 PM 2:30 PM (EST)
  • 11/30/2022, 1:00 PM 2:30 PM (EST)
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The improbable story of Lucius, whose clumsy dabbling in magic transforms him into a donkey, The Golden Ass by Apuleius is a narrative treasure which contains, among other things, the only extant account of ritual goddess worship to survive from antiquity and the oft-retold story of Cupid and Psyche. The Golden Ass has amused generations of readers. It has also inspired such authors as Boccaccio, Cervantes and, more recently, Anthony Doerr, whose best-selling novel, CLOUD CUCKOO LAND, pays reverent tribute to the Apuleian masterpiece. We will read the text in the splendid translation by Robert Graves.

Required Text: Apuleius, The Transformations of Lucius, Otherwise Known as The Golden Ass, trans. Robert Graves, (Noonday Press: New York, 2000). 

Lillian Corti obtained her doctorate from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York and went on to teach Italian, French, World Literature, Comparative Drama and Women’s Literature at various institutions including the Foreign Language Institute in New York, Tulsa University, the University of Alaska Fairbanks, and the Athens Center in Greece.

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