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The Golden Ass by Lucius Apuleius
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The Golden Ass

by Lucius Apuleius

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The Metamorphoses of Apuleius, aka The Golden Ass, is the story of a young man whose obsession with witchcraft leads him experiment a bit too wildly: he thinks the spell he's casting will change him into a bird, but it winds up turning him into a donkey. Written by the North African fabulist Lucius Apuleius in the 2nd century AD, it's the only Latin novel to survive the ages intact. Apuleius was known to Latinize the Greek myths and legends in his work, and during his life he was introduced to many religious mysteries and cults, which were incorporated into this books.

As a donkey Lucius passes from one owner to another, and is made to perform bawdy 'human' tricks on stage. Eventually the Goddess Isis breaks the spell and Lucius is initiated into her cult. This is a wholly readable classic, and it's surprising that it isn't more well known. It is as enjoyable, raunchy, and hilarious as it was 1800 years ago.

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Taliesin McKnight

November 02, 2013

Fucking excellent. Absolutely excellent. It's the shizzle. Fucking fantastic.