Apuleius: A Latin Sophist by S. J. Harrison

By S. J. Harrison

This e-book is a reaction to the literary pleasures and scholarly difficulties of analyzing the texts of Apuleius, most renowned for his novel Metamorphoses or Golden Ass. dwelling in second-century North Africa, Apuleius used to be greater than an writer of fiction; he used to be a consummate orator highbrow, Platonist thinker, amazing stylist, relentless self-promoter, and flexible writer of a remarkably varied physique of labor, a lot of that is misplaced to us. This publication is written for these capable of learn Apuleius in Latin, and Apuleian works are for that reason quoted with no translation (although the place they exist compatible translations were indicated). during this ebook Dr Harrison has supplied a literary guide to the entire works of Apuleius in addition to the Metamorphoses, and has set his works opposed to their highbrow historical past: not just Apuleius' profession as a appearing highbrow, a sophist, in second-century Roman North Africa, but in addition the bigger modern framework of the Greek moment Sophistic. whereas focusing totally on the texts as literature and literary-historical, the ebook additionally offers with Apuleius' works of didactic philosophy and his consequent reference to center Platonism.

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Apuleius: A Latin Sophist

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Hunc prius Madaurensis Apuleius, deinde magnificus vir Boethius Latino sermone translatum Romanis contulit lectitandum; and Isidore Et. 3· 2. 1: numeri disciplinam apud Graecos ... autumant ... a Nicomacho diffusius esse dispositam; quam apud Latinos primus Apuleius deinde Boethius transtulerunt. The second would appear to be directly dependent on the first, but it is clear that this work was a translation ofthe extant Introductio Arithmetica ofNicomachus ofGerasa, 117 whose De Musica was a possible source for Apuleius' work on music (see 14 above).

Cf. Bowie (1989), 214-21. For the date see Syme (1959). 127 On Apuleius' use of Ennius see Mattiacci (1986), 180-90. 128 Scheffer had clearly read Beroaldus' edition of Apuleius (Scheffer (1654), 146 argues against Beroaldus' interpretation of a passage of the Metamorphoses), so his evidence is not that of a writer ignorant of Apuleius' other works. The content of fr. 20 suggests that it is derived from historiography, or perhaps from a military anecdote in a rhetorical context. But Brancaleone (1996-7) argues effectively against the Apuleian attribution, pointing out that Scheffer takes over the relevant citation from N.

Fr. 22--:5. ) A title of convenience for the single work likely to underlie four passages, too long to quote in full here, cited by John Lydus (De Mensibus 4· 116 = fr. 22, De Ostentis 4 = fr. 23, De Ostentis 7 = fr. 24, De Ostentis 44 = fr. 25) from an unnamed Latin work of Apuleius 'the Roman'. m 12. Zoological Work(s) (not numbered in Beaujeu) At Apol. 36 Apuleius calls for one of his works: prome tu librum e Graecis meis, quos forte hie amici habuere sedulique natural­ ium quaestionum, atque eum maxime, in quo plura de piscium genere tractata sunt.

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