The Golden Ass

Author: Apuleius

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 014190450X

Category: Fiction

Page: 320

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Written towards the end of the second century AD, The Golden Ass tells the story of the many adventures of a young man whose fascination with witchcraft leads him to be transformed into a donkey. The bewitched Lucius passes from owner to owner - encountering a desperate gang of robbers and being forced to perform lewd 'human' tricks on stage - until the Goddess Isis finally breaks the spell and Lucius is initiated into her cult. Apuleius' enchanting story has inspired generations of writers such as Boccaccio, Shakespeare, Cervantes and Keats with its dazzling combination of allegory, satire, bawdiness and sheer exuberance, and remains the most continuously and accessibly amusing book to have survived from Classical antiquity.

Greek Fiction

Callirhoe, Daphnis and Chloe, Letters of Chion

Author: Chariton,Longus

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0140449256

Category: Fiction

Page: 267

View: 4371

A trio of tales offering an eye-opening alternative view of ancient Greece's literary culture. A fascinating counterpoint to the monumental epics of ancient Greece, Greek Fiction features three novelistic works written between the first and fourth centuries AD. Chariton's "Callirhoe"-perhaps the first novel ever written-is the stirring tale of two star-crossed lovers who are torn apart when Callirhoe is kidnapped and sold into slavery. Longus's "Daphnis and Chloe" tells the story of a boy and girl-both abandoned at birth-who grow up to fall in love and battle pirates. "Letters of Chion" is an early thriller about tyranny and political assassination. Together these works open a welcome window onto ancient Greece's little-explored legacy of prose fiction.

Apuleius: Metamorphoses

An Intermediate Latin Reader

Author: Apuleius,Paul Murgatroyd

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521690553

Category: Foreign Language Study

Page: 162

View: 2257

Apuleius' famous novel, The Metamorphoses, tells the story of a man who was magically changed into an ass, and who had various (humorous, sad, exciting, disturbing, erotic, horrific) adventures before he regained his human form. As well as being genuinely interesting and great fun to read, The Metamorphoses is of great value for the study of narrative technique, literary style, religious practices, contemporary culture in a Roman province and much more. This book contains selections from the novel and is aimed at students moving on to genuine, unsimplified Latin prose after completing an introductory Latin course. It contains a useful introduction, detailed notes providing a lot of help with grammar, expression and translation, a full vocabulary, and passages of appreciation to make the selections come alive as literature and to enhance students' perception and enjoyment of the stories.

An Apuleius Reader

Selections from the Metamorphoses

Author: Ellen D. Finkelpearl

Publisher: Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers

ISBN: 0865167141

Category: Foreign Language Study

Page: 160

View: 4243


Classical Mythology

Author: Mark P. O. Morford,Robert J. Lenardon

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 9780195143386

Category: Religion

Page: 681

View: 6650

Classical Mythology, Sixth Edition, continues to build on its best-selling tradition of focusing on the literary tradition of Greek and Roman mythology through extensive translations of original mythological sources. Its coverage of comparative and interpretative approaches as well as evidence from art and archeology is expanded in this edition. Morford and Lenardon's insightful and accessible discussion of classical myths in their historical and cultural settings, as well as their survival in literature, art, music, and film, remains unparalleled: This comprehensive introduction to classical mythology features new translations, expanded critical coverage, an expanded art program, and a new web site.

Early Christian Lives

Author: Athanasius,Gregory,Hilarion,Jerome,Sulpicius Severus

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0141907290

Category: Religion

Page: 288

View: 2357

Written between the mid-fourth and late sixth centuries to commemorate and glorify the achievements of early Christian saints, these six biographies depict men who devoted themselves to solitude, poverty and prayer. Athanasius records Antony's extreme seclusion in the Egyptian desert, despite temptation by the devil and visits from his followers. Jerome also shows those who fled persecution or withdrew from society to pursue lives of chastity and asceticism in his accounts of Paul of Thebes, Hilarion and Malchus. In his Life of Martin, Sulpicius Severus describes the achievements of a man who combined the roles of monk, bishop and missionary, while Gregory the Great tells of Benedict, whose Rule became the template for monastic life. Full of vivid incidents and astonishing miracles, these Lives have provided inspiration as models for centuries of Christian worship.


Author: Apollodorus

Publisher: N.A


Category: Mythology, Greek

Page: 546

View: 8279

Griekse tekst en Engelse vertaling van een uit de eerste eeuw voor Chr. daterende samenvatting van de Griekse mythologie

Classical Comedy

Author: Aristophanes,Menander,Plautus,Terence

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0141959487

Category: Drama

Page: 352

View: 5945

From the fifth to the second century BC, innovative comedy drama flourished in Greece and Rome. This collection brings together the greatest works of Classical comedy, with two early Greek plays: Aristophanes' bold, imaginative Birds, and Menander's The Girl from Samos, which explores popular contemporary themes of mistaken identity and sexual misbehaviour; and two later Roman comic plays: Plautus' The Brothers Menaechmus - the original comedy of errors - and Terence's bawdy yet sophisticated double love-plot, The Eunuch. Together, these four plays demonstrate the development of Classical comedy, celebrating its richness, variety and extraordinary legacy to modern drama.

Daily Life in Ancient Rome

A Sourcebook

Author: Brian K. Harvey

Publisher: Hackett Publishing

ISBN: 1585107964

Category: History

Page: 296

View: 6740

"One really must admire Harvey’s achievement in this sourcebook. With just 350 passages (more than half of them consisting of Latin inscriptions, from all over Rome’s empire), Harvey manages to give his readers a real sense of Roman private values and behaviors. His translations of the original texts are superb—both accurate and elegant. And he contextualizes his chosen passages with a series of remarkably economical but solidly reliable introductions. In a word, Harvey’s sourcebook strikes me as the best now available for a single-semester undergraduate course." —T. Corey Brennan, Rutgers University–New Brunswick

Irene Iddesleigh

Author: Amanda McKittrick Ros

Publisher: N.A


Category: Fiction in English

Page: 189

View: 6420


The Apologia and Florida of Apuleius of Madaura (Dodo Press)

Author: Lucius Apuleius,H. E. Butler

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781409930143

Category: Foreign Language Study

Page: 172

View: 4462

Lucius Apuleius (c. AD 123-c. AD 180), was a Romanised Berber who is best remembered for his bawdy picaresque Latin novel The Golden Ass, otherwise known as the Metamorphoses. It is the only Latin novel which has survived in its entirety, and is an imaginative, irreverent, and amusing work which relates the ludicrous adventures of one Lucius, who experiments in magic and is accidentally turned into an ass. In this guise he hears and sees many unusual things, until escaping from his predicament in a rather unexpected way. Within this frame story are found multiple digressions, the longest among them being the well-known tale of Cupid and Psyche. Apuleius first work, the Apologia (A Discourse on Magic) was written in his own defence after being accused of using magic to gain the attentions (and fortune) of the wealthy widow he married. Other works include On the God of Socrates, Florida, On Plato and his Doctrine, and possibly On the Universe.

Collected Ancient Greek Novels

Author: B. P. Reardon

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520256552

Category: History

Page: 827

View: 2281

Prose fiction, although not always associated with classical antiquity, did in fact flourish in the early Roman Empire, not only in realistic Latin novels but also and indeed principally in the Greek ideal romance of love and adventure to which they are related. Popular in the Renaissance, these stories have been less familiar in later centuries. Translations of the Greek stories were not readily available in English before B.P. Reardon’s excellent volume. Nine complete stories are included here as well as ten others, encompassing the whole range of classical themes: ideal romance, travel adventure, historical fiction, and comic parody. A new foreword by J.R. Morgan examines the enormous impact this groundbreaking collection has had on our understanding of classical thought and our concept of the novel.

The Wild Ass's Skin

Author: Honoré de Balzac

Publisher: N.A


Category: Paris (France)

Page: 288

View: 5959


Paul Among the People

The Apostle Reinterpreted and Reimagined in His Own Time

Author: Sarah Ruden

Publisher: Image

ISBN: 0307379027

Category: Religion

Page: 240

View: 4730

It is a common—and fundamental—misconception that Paul told people how to live. Apart from forbidding certain abusive practices, he never gives any precise instructions for living. It would have violated his two main social principles: human freedom and dignity, and the need for people to love one another. Paul was a Hellenistic Jew, originally named Saul, from the tribe of Benjamin, who made a living from tent making or leatherworking. He called himself the “Apostle to the Gentiles” and was the most important of the early Christian evangelists. Paul is not easy to understand. The Greeks and Romans themselves probably misunderstood him or skimmed the surface of his arguments when he used terms such as “law” (referring to the complex system of Jewish religious law in which he himself was trained). But they did share a language—Greek—and a cosmopolitan urban culture, that of the Roman Empire. Paul considered evangelizing the Greeks and Romans to be his special mission. “For you were called to freedom, brothers and sisters; only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for self-indulgence, but through love become slaves to one another. For the whole law is summed up in a single commandment, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’” The idea of love as the only rule was current among Jewish thinkers of his time, but the idea of freedom being available to anyone was revolutionary. Paul, regarded by Christians as the greatest interpreter of Jesus’ mission, was the first person to explain how Christ’s life and death fit into the larger scheme of salvation, from the creation of Adam to the end of time. Preaching spiritual equality and God’s infinite love, he crusaded for the Jewish Messiah to be accepted as the friend and deliverer of all humankind. In Paul Among the People, Sarah Ruden explores the meanings of his words and shows how they might have affected readers in his own time and culture. She describes as well how his writings represented the new church as an alternative to old ways of thinking, feeling, and living. Ruden translates passages from ancient Greek and Roman literature, from Aristophanes to Seneca, setting them beside famous and controversial passages of Paul and their key modern interpretations. She writes about Augustine; about George Bernard Shaw’s misguided notion of Paul as “the eternal enemy of Women”; and about the misuse of Paul in the English Puritan Richard Baxter’s strictures against “flesh-pleasing.” Ruden makes clear that Paul’s ethics, in contrast to later distortions, were humane, open, and responsible. Paul Among the People is a remarkable work of scholarship, synthesis, and understanding; a revelation of the founder of Christianity. From the Hardcover edition.

The Penguin Book of First World War Poetry

Author: Matthew George Walter

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0141922885

Category: Poetry

Page: 448

View: 3812

This anthology reflects the diversity of voices it contains: the poems are arranged thematically and the themes reflect the different experiences of war not just for the soldiers but for those left behind. This is what makes this volume more accessible and satisfying than others. In addition to the established canon there are poems rarely anthologised and a selection of soldiers' songs to reflect the voices of the soldiers themselves.

Penguin Epics

Author: N. K. Sandars,R. K. Narayan,Xenophon

Publisher: Penguin Classics

ISBN: 9780140912005

Category: Fiction

Page: N.A

View: 880

View every book in the Penguin Epics series. This beautiful limited edition boxed set contains the stunningly designed new Penguin Epics series: twenty short tales of human adventure, legend and myth. Penguin Epics depict the most extreme acts of heroism, ambition, bravery and violence, and in doing so they reveal mankind's most profound aspirations and darkest fears. From the rip-roaring exploits of Alexander the Great, through Dante's terrifying description of the Descent into Hell, to the swashbuckling adventures of Sindbad, these works will take the reader on a journey through the most astonishing and heroic legends of the past four-and-a-half thousand years of literature. The boxed set includes: The Epic of Gilgamesh Exodus Odysseus Returns Home Homer Xerxes Invades Greece Herodotus The Sea, The Sea Xenophon The Abduction of Sita Jason and the Golden Fleece Apollonius The Destruction of Troy Virgil The Serpent's Teeth Ovid The Fall of Jerusalem Josephus The Madness of Nero Tacitus Cupid and Psyche Apuleius The Legendary Adventures of Alexander the Great Beowulf Siegfried's Murder Sagas and Myths of the Northmen The Sunjata Story The Descent into Hell Dante King Arthur's Last Battle Malory The Voyages of Sindbad @UrukRockCity All the ladies want to get it on now that I've slain the demon. But I must decline. I'm a clean man these days. I just can't win with women. Before, nailing all the ladies was bad. Now I refuse to seduce, and the Gods send a giant bull to kill me? From

Sagittarius Rising

Author: Cecil Lewis

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101631791

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 272

View: 6776

A memoir by a WWI fighter pilot, with the adventurous spirit of War Horse and the charm of The Little Prince A singular, lyrical book, Sagittarius Rising is at once an exuberant memoir from the Lost Generation and a riveting tale of the early days of flight during World War I. Cecil Lewis lied his way into the British Army’s Royal Flying Corps at age sixteen and was ordered to a squadron on the Western Front only a year later. At the time, flying was so new that designers hadn’t even decided on basic mechanics such as how many wings a plane should have. Despite this, Lewis mastered virtually every kind of single-engine plane in the RFC, going on to excel in active duty and even to dogfight the Red Baron—and live to tell the tale. Full of infectious charm and written with the prose and pacing of a novel, Sagittarius Rising beautifully recounts Lewis’s harrowing exploits in the sky alongside his wild times of partying and chasing girls while on leave in London. His coming-of-age story is unlike any other WWI memoir you’ve read before. For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Classical Literary Criticism

Author: Donald Andrew Russell

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 9780192839008

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 251

View: 6336

European literary criticism was pioneered in the ancient world, and this edition provides the principal Greek and Latin texts in translation, giving the reader a fair and intelligible view of ancient literary criticism and its development. Each passage is supplemented by a brief contextual introduction and a lucid general introduction provides an overview of classical thought on tragedy, comedy, poetry, and epic, as well as of the ideas of mimesis, the moral effect of poetry, emotion, and rhetoric.

Who Has Seen the Wind

Author: W. O. Mitchell

Publisher: New Canadian Library

ISBN: 077103475X

Category: Fiction

Page: 352

View: 9700

The story of young Brian, who learns about life and death, freedom and justice, as he comes of age in the Canadian prairies.