The Golden Ass: The Transformations of Lucius

The Golden Ass The Transformations of Lucius In all of literature there are few books with the vitality of The Golden Ass The story follows Lucius a young man of good birth as he disports himself in the cities and along the roads of Thessaly

  • Title: The Golden Ass: The Transformations of Lucius
  • Author: Apuleius Robert Graves
  • ISBN: 9780374505325
  • Page: 458
  • Format: Paperback
  • In all of literature, there are few books with the vitality of The Golden Ass The story follows Lucius, a young man of good birth, as he disports himself in the cities and along the roads of Thessaly This is a wonderful tale abounding in lusty incident, curious adventure and bawdy wit.Robert Graves 1895 1985 was a British poet, novelist, translator, and critic His manIn all of literature, there are few books with the vitality of The Golden Ass The story follows Lucius, a young man of good birth, as he disports himself in the cities and along the roads of Thessaly This is a wonderful tale abounding in lusty incident, curious adventure and bawdy wit.Robert Graves 1895 1985 was a British poet, novelist, translator, and critic His many books include the historical novels I, Claudius and Claudius the God, the autobiography Good bye to All That, and the mythic literary studies The White Goddess and The Greek Myths.In all of literature there are few books with the vitality of The Golden Ass Boccaccio borrowed freely from it and later it served both to amuse and to instruct Cervantes, Fielding, and Smollett T E Lawrence carried it in his saddlebags all through the Arab Revolt, and it was Lawrence who first introduced the book to his friend Robert Graves.The story is about Lucius Apuleius, a young man of good birth, who, while disporting himself in the cities and along the roads of Thessaly, encountered many diverting and strange adventures Not the least of these was that Apuleius suffered the indignity of being turned into an ass after trying to steal a sorceress s magic How Apuleius supported his misfortune and how he contrived to dedicate himself to the one goddess who could help him resume his human form make up the body of this tale The Golden Ass is rich in lusty incident, curious adventure, and bawdy wit Robert Graves translation abandons the aureate latinity of Apuleius for a dry, sharp, plain style, which is itself a small masterpiece of twentieth century prose Kenneth Rexroth, Saturday Review

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    1. If you remember the old toga movies from the '50's--the ones where all the Romans are played by Brits and all the Jews and Christians by Americans--then I am sure you also remember those orgiastic banquet sequences crammed with sweaty wrestlers, kinky dancers, amphora after amphora overflowing with wine, and culinary surprises like roast oxen stuffed with pheasants (the pheasants in turn stuffed with oysters), and golden salvers heaped high with hummingbird tongues.The Golden Ass is a lot like t [...]

    2. Lucius ( loosely based on the author ) is a very curious young man, interested in black magic, witchcraft, potions and spells, that can cause real damage , even mystery cults, being the mid second century , during the Roman Empire, in ancient Greece, people believe in the supernaturalA traveler visiting Hypata, the heart of the occult center, in Thessaly, so the public thinks , with a letter of introduction from a friend, to a rich man, Milo , a miser, though living in squalor, counting his mone [...]

    3. Golden it is, but not the ass. For us the novel certainly has the value of gold since it is considered the earliest that has survived complete in the Western literary tradition. Originally called Metamorphoses, it is however far from being an epic like Ovid’s. Written around the middle of 2C by an Apuleius, an Algerian under Roman auspices, it probably acquired its “aureum” quality when another Algerian, Saint Augustin, gave it its second title some time later. And it was with this golden [...]

    4. 997. Metamorphoses = the golden ass‭, Lucius Apuleiusتاریخ نخستین خوانش: یکی از روزهای ماه آگوست سال 2000 میلادیعنوان: الاغ طلایی؛ نوشته: لوسیوس آپولیوس؛ برگردان: عبدالحسین شریفیان؛ مشخصات نشر: تهران، اساطیر، 1379، در 316 صفحه، فروست: شناخت اساطیر کتاب دهم، شابک: 9643310450؛ موضوع: اساطیر یونان و روم، سرگذشت [...]

    5. When you think of ruins left behind by civilizations long past, it is easy to think of stone walls which have crumbled into dust. But there are many worlds lost there, and ruins in another sense, of works of art and literature destroyed and forgotten. This is the only complete novel to survive from the Roman period. So what's all this about? A strapping young Roman named Lucius goes on a journey through Greece, gets himself transformed into a donkey and goes on wacky hijinks. There is a narrativ [...]

    6. "What's this we have to put up with now? An ass giving us a philosophy lecture?" Book 10, chapter 33.The genre of the novel sprung full-formed out of Apuleius’s . . . Ass. The Golden Ass is one of those infamous contenders for the title of First Novel along with such masters as Rabelais, Cervantes, Richardson (come on, people! really?) and Madame Murasaki. It is the only surviving complete exemplar of the Roman novel. Give it some credit. It’s all there. Then there is also Petronius’s work [...]

    7. Picked it up on a whim & what a rollicking ride it turned out to be! It could very well be a tale told by the granny - full of magic & adventure (with all the salacious bits cut out of course, but that would make it a very short tale!).A parable, a road trip, a romance, with diversions, tales within tales, satire, containing tragedies bordering on the grotesque & farcical, bawdy comedy, sexual escapades & deviance of various sorts - ancient literature was so rich, no wonder our [...]

    8. "إن إلهة الحظ تُعرّضنا لأحكام مريبة، بل خاطئة، فينعم السافل بسمعة الرجل الشريف، ويشقى البريء بصيت الرجل الشرير."يُقال إن هذه الرواية هي الأولى في التاريخ البشري، وعلى الرغم من قِدمها إلّا أنها تزخر بآيات الجمال والدهشة والإتقان.تدور أحداث الرواية في مكان ما من الإمبراطورية [...]

    9. Les Métamorphoses ou l'âne d'or est le seul roman latin qui nous soit parvenu de l'antiquité sans avoir été mutilé, comme le Satiricon de Pétrone. Écrit au IIème siècle par Apulée, un auteur du sud de la méditerranée, ce roman narre les tribulations de Lucius, un jeune patricien dévoré par une immense curiosité : avide de plaisirs et de nouveautés, rien ne le rebute tant qu'il s'agit de découvrir quelque sujet d'étonnement. Ses pérégrinations le mènent en Grèce, en Thessal [...]

    10. a masterpiece ,so interesting and entertaining as a read. for beneath the humorous and the sharp ironies lay a religious and philosophical thoughtful mind. Amusing tales within tales, recollections of characters of various misadventures and misfortunes .Lucius A wandering spirit Suffering in his heedless traveling over the world in order to work out his salvation. Interesting how magic plays a prominent role in the everyday life.His deep love of life with his eager and curiosity , and mocking pe [...]

    11. This novel was written in Latin late in the second century CE. Apuleius was born in north Africa, in Algeria, traveled widely throughout the Mediterranean, including Athens and Rome, and lived most of his life in Carthage. He was a contemporary of Marcus Aurelius, whose Meditations cannot provide a starker contrast with The Golden Ass. This classic work, far different from the works of history, tragic drama, and philosophy that we usually associate with the Classical world, is more in the tradit [...]

    12. من مقتنيات مهرجان الكتب المستعملة الشكر موصول للغريب الذي ذيله بقلمه، الغريب الذي اشتراه منذ سبع سنوات، وكتب على مقدمته "تحفة " ,بعد أن علّم بداخله بخطوط مستقيمة _تحرج خطوطي المرتبكة_ ارفقها بعلامة تعجب مرسومة بإتقان جميل . الغريب الذي حفظ الكتاب في حالة جيدة ثم منحه لينتهى ل [...]

    13. 4.5In the opening paragraph, Apuleius' narrator promises us in this "Milesian discourse" (a romantic adventure tale that is usually bawdy) to "string together a series of different stories and to charm your ears with amusing gossip", to provide us with a "Grecian tale" written in Latin. We are given all this and more with this precursor to the picaresque novel. The narrator apologizes if he should "stumble and give offence" as an "unpractised speaker of the foreign idiom of the Roman courts", [...]

    14. يكفي أنها الأقدم، يكفي تميز فكرتها منذ البداية، يكفي جنون كاتبها

    15. WARNING: This rating is based on the opinion and feelings of a teenager ; )I don't remember exactly when I read this book. I do remember however, that it was a school assignment and that I might have been 13 or 14 years old. My judgment back then was vastly different from my judgment now and it wasn't a book I chose to read voluntarily but was forced to read it instead, which worsened things since I tended to hate every book my teachers wanted me to read on principle alone. Anyways, since I have [...]

    16. رواية كلاسيكية رائعة وشيقة ممتعة الى اقصى درجة تشعر و كانك تقرا الف ليلة وليلة اليونانيةهو عمل رائع , استثنائى ,آسر , تحفة فنية مسلي في أي وقت ولأي ثقافة فهو كتاب ترفيهى ويقدم نقد لاذع للمجتمع فى ذلك الوقتاجمل ما فى الرواية هو قصة حب كيوبيد وبسايكي, أحب كيوبيد بسايكي الفتاة الج [...]

    17. This is the only Roman novel to survive in its entirety, and I for one wish more of them had made it. The Golden Ass is one of very few books I've read more than once.Lucius (a character very loosely based on the author) is a young citizen growing up in a Roman provincial town in Greece. After completing his studies in Rome, Lucius decides to go on a trip through Boiotea, the region around Thebes. (Thebes was, in the ancient world, a literary punching bag that became almost synonymous with nefar [...]

    18. Apuleius is eerily familiar to a modern eye. His seamless blending of suggested mystery cults, Platonic references, and frolicking humor and sexuality make The Golden Ass an entertainment worth repeating. Whether or not the reader is intent on making a sustained foray into the issue of book 11 and treats the book as a religio-philosophical piece or reads it just as a romp through Latin humor and lustiness bears little weight on the ultimate pleasure of the novel as a good read.Not so much the Fl [...]

    19. The novel emerges from the muck for the first time, albeit still clinging in many ways to the conventions of ancient Roman poetry, folklore, and theater. More mythology than anything else, The Golden Ass tells the story of a dude who gets utterly fucked time and time again, and-- in true mythic fashion-- is only delivered by the mercy of the gods. We also get the story of Cupid and Psyche, just for the fuck of it, in the middle. Necessary reading for anyone interested in how fiction as we know i [...]

    20. Reading "The Golden Ass" translated from Latin by Robert Graves is all right if you don't mind various episodes related to 'the God' or 'the Goddess', for instance, as mentioned in the last chapter. For instance:"At length the Goddess advised me to return home. (p. 288)" or "The God added that under his divine care this man would achieve fame in a learned profession and that Asinius himself would be richly rewarded for his trouble." (p. 290)It seems vague to me since, I think, it's written in t [...]

    21. رواية جميلة جداااااااااطول ما انا بقراها وفكرة انهاتعتبر اول رواية فى دماغىعجبنى الانتقال من قصة لاخرىتشبه الف ليلة وليلة فى حاجات كتيرالعبيد والاسياد والخيانة الزوجيةوحب العفاريت والالهة للانس بجد نحفةيعيبها بسس الوصف الطويل شويةبس فكرتها جميلة وبتبين ميل الانسان الفط [...]

    22. أول رواية في تاريخ الإنسانية. رائعة وممتعة بحق لا أستطيع وصف المتعة و الانسجام الذي تجده عند قراءة النص، فلم يقتصر الوضع على قصص ممتعة وحبكة متفردة بل بأسلوب غاية في الإمتاع شبيه بحكايا ألف ليلة وليلة بعض القصص الواردة تستحق أن يفرد لها رواية كاملة منفصلة لشد ماكانت مثيرة وم [...]

    23. Bestiality. Kidnapping. Mugging. Ye olde carjacking. Burglary. Assault. Murder. Female paedophiles. Incest. Male rape. Adultery. Animal cruelty. Serial killers in the making. Poisonings. Homosexual priest gangbangs. Shapeshifting. Gods and goddesses. The Seven Deadly Sins. Evil mother-in-laws. Drama. Comedy. Tragedy. Adventure. Romance. Horror. Urban legends. Stories within stories. Inspiration for that Hannibal episode where a person was sewn into a dead horse's belly.What doesn't The Golden As [...]

    24. This is one of my favorite books. I read it for a class on the origins of the cult of the Virgin Mary. As a graduate student in the History of Art, I was using this class to better understand the early Christian representations of the Virgin (pre 8th century). The professor had placed it on reserve so I had to read it within the library. I never expected to be able to read it in one sitting, but once I started the book I just could not put it down. I had to move to a corner where there were no s [...]

    25. 3,5 *Delicioso retrato picaresco de la sociedad grecorromana, hace casi dos mil años. Una de las primeras novelas de la Historia de la Humanidad. Novela en sentido moderno.Cuando la leí, allá por mi segundo año en la Universidad, disfruté de lo lindo. Sólo que al final, después de tanta aventura mundana narrada con verdadera gracia, el autor-protagonista parece tener un arrebato de moral. ¡Qué decepción en el momento en que lo leí!De todos modos, resulta curioso que esa moral fuera en [...]

    26. It's astonishing, truly, how a novel written in the second century AD can be so foul-mouthed, lewd, sexually explicit, violent, and crazy. Makes one bitterly regret christianity's cultural downturn even more. Loved its outspokenness about conventionally delicate themes.

    27. I have a 1950 Penguin edition of this, inherited from parents, but haven't a clue as to when I first read it :) Probably late 50's when I was into all that Greek Myth and everything :)

    28. Of this book, Flaubert wrote, "If there's any artistic truth in the world, it's that this book is a masterpiece. It gives me vertigo and dazzles me. It smells of incense and urine. Bestiality is married to mysticism." Such literary cologne can be a bit jarring at times or just plain puzzling, but the overall effect is still quite seductive. One of the most entertaining stories I've ever read, though poor Lucious, the titular ass, suffers so many indiginities and whippings that the on occasion t [...]

    29. كما يقال هذه الرواية هي أول رواية مكتملة في تاريخ الإنسانية وهي نفسها التي قبعت في مكتبتي لأعوام طوال ربما لولا أنه تم اختيارها مادة للقراءة في نادي الرواية على تويتر لما خطرت في بالي لعل المشكلة كانت في العنوان أو ربما هو الغلاف وكونها أول رواية توقعت صعوبة كبيرة في إجتيازه [...]

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