By S. J. Harrison
This publication is a reaction to the literary pleasures and scholarly difficulties of interpreting the texts of Apuleius, most famed for his novel Metamorphoses or Golden Ass. dwelling in second-century North Africa, Apuleius used to be greater than an writer of fiction; he was once a consummate orator highbrow, Platonist thinker, amazing stylist, relentless self-promoter, and flexible writer of a remarkably various physique of labor, a lot of that is misplaced to us. This booklet is written for these capable of learn Apuleius in Latin, and Apuleian works are for this reason quoted with no translation (although the place they exist compatible translations were indicated). during this publication Dr Harrison has supplied a literary guide to all of the works of Apuleius in addition to the Metamorphoses, and has set his works opposed to their highbrow heritage: not just Apuleius' profession as a acting highbrow, a sophist, in second-century Roman North Africa, but additionally the bigger modern framework of the Greek moment Sophistic. whereas focusing totally on the texts as literature and literary-historical, the e-book additionally bargains with Apuleius' works of didactic philosophy and his consequent reference to heart Platonism.
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52). 102 Cf. also Marcellus De Medicamentis, Sextus Placidus Liber Medicinae. Beaujeu (1973), 175, following previous scholars, suggests that Apuleius' title was De Medicinalibus, while N. M. Horsfall in Horsfall Scotti (1990), 87, proposes De Medicina. 103 For the date of Soranus cf. Hanson and Green (1994), 981-8; for that of Rufus Sideras (1994), 1085--9; and for that of Archigenes see his entry in the Suda, which puts hini under Trajan. Bowersock (1969), 59-75, and Pearcy (1993) argue for the link of medicine and sophistic activity (for scepticism cf.
1-4), but all is conjec ture here. 7. 14. ) Fr. 14. Priscian GLK 2. 203: Apuleius in medicinalibus: caepe sucum melle mixtum. This single fragment refers to a herbal cure involving onions and honey, plainly derived from the section on the curative powers of onions in Pliny's Natural History (20. 39-43), where mixtures of onions and honey are recommended as remedies for the bites of dogs and snakes, and for For its proverbial character cf. Otto (1890), 71. Fulgentius' Libri Mithologiarum, edited by Helm (1898), shows clear Apuleian influ ence, not just in the famous allegorization of the Cupid and Psyche story (3.
20) intriguingly suggests that genuine Apuleian material otherwise unknown to us could have been circulating as late as the sev enteenth century. Fr. 20 bis from Isidore (8. u. 100) contains a traditional type of ety mology (manes ... cum sint terribiles et immanes), and might come from any kind of work, if indeed it is genuine. 129 Another quotation from an uncertain work is made by Apuleius him self at Apol. 33: interfeminium tegat etfemoris obiectu et palmae velamento. These words, as the context indicates, refer to the pose of a particular statue of Venus, perhaps the Venus of Cnidos, and have been found by Apuleius' accusers quodam libro meo (they are quoted by the prosecution as an example of risque language).