Week 7: contextualising Apuleius
1. A Latin ‘sophist’ … or a fabulist on the make?
- Apuleius’ Greek sources.
- Apuleius as ‘sophist’, declaiming at Carthage: Florida.
- A provincial made good: Metamorphoses proem.
- A cosmopolite surrounded by hicks: Apology.
Other extant work:
- De deo Socratis (cf. Plutarch De genio Socratis).
Lost works included:
- Collections of speeches (Florida is a ‘best-of’).
- Light verse (Ludicra).
- De proverbiis.
- Didactic prose texts: De medicaminibus, De arboribus.
- Eroticus (also didactic?).
- Hermagoras (‘another novel’, says OCD3).
H. J. Mason, ‘Fabula Graecanica’, reprinted in Harrison (ed.) (1999).
K. Dowden, ‘The Roman Audience of The Golden Ass’, in Tatum (ed.) (1994).~
S. J. Harrison (2003), Apuleius: A Latin Sophist.
2. Apuleius, Lucian, and the Greco-Roman Other
- Theorising ‘the Other’.
- Novels from the margins?
- Apuleius as self-conscious outsider.
- Apuleius as anti-Atticising ‘Asianist’.
- Lucian as anti-Sophist.
Lucian and the Other:
- De Dipsadibus.
- De Dea Syria.
Some further reading:
H. G. Nesselrath, ‘Lucian’s Introductions’, in D. A. Russell (ed.) (1990) Antonine Literature.
Novels and the margins:
S. A. Stephens, ‘Who Read Ancient Novels?’, in Tatum (ed.) (1994).
J. S. Romm, ‘Novels beyond Thule’, in Tatum (ed.) (1994).
Also by Romm, and highly recommended: The Edges of the Earth in Ancient Thought (1992).
Apuleius’ novel as social document of a (largely absentee) Roman administrative and judicial order:
Fergus Millar, ‘The World of the Golden Ass’, JRS 71 (1981) 63-75: reprinted in Harrison (ed.) (1999).