Apuleius: A Latin Sophist by S. J. Harrison PDF

By S. J. Harrison

This ebook is a reaction to the literary pleasures and scholarly difficulties of interpreting the texts of Apuleius, most renowned for his novel Metamorphoses or Golden Ass. residing in second-century North Africa, Apuleius used to be greater than an writer of fiction; he used to be a consummate orator highbrow, Platonist thinker, amazing stylist, relentless self-promoter, and flexible writer of a remarkably varied physique of labor, a lot of that's misplaced to us. This e-book is written for these in a position to learn Apuleius in Latin, and Apuleian works are hence quoted with no translation (although the place they exist appropriate translations were indicated). during this booklet 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 historical past: not just Apuleius' profession as a appearing 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 offers with Apuleius' works of didactic philosophy and his consequent reference to center Platonism.

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Aristotle De Mundo and composed a doxographical work De Platone (see Chapters); both frag­ ments, though very brief, show clear characteristics of Apuleian style-the rhyming isocola sic auditurum, sic disciturum and et ... ostensurum ... et . reperturum, and the poetical archaism gignendi (cf. gignitur, Apol. 8). Here Apuleius follows great Roman writers such as Cicero with his rendering of part of the Timaeus, 91 and is once again seen as a purveyor of Greek philosophy for a Latin-speaking readership.

The variation between singular and plural titles in Priscian's two citations is typical of the kind of loose references found in ancient grammarians,96 and it seems economical to assume that the same work is meant in both cases. Epitomizing was especially common in the second century AD, an age where the demands of extensive educa­ tion, voluminous writing, and rhetorical performance led to the sum­ marizing of learning in various forms. A particular analogue for Apuleius' work from this period may be seen in the extant historical work of Florus, probably written in the Hadrianic period, an account in two books of the wars of Rome from its foundation to the age of Augustus, summarizing Livy and other sources.

Cicero was admired by Fronto and Gellius, despite his relatively unardiaic style (Holford-Strevens (1988), 143-5), another motive for Apuleian imitation. 18 On these invective topics the standard treatment is still Suss (1912). 19 Cf. Cicero CaeL 18 Palatinarn Medearn with R. G. Austin's commentary, Quintilian 8. 6. 17). 16 17 A Sophist in Court: The Apologia 45 tic speaker (see Section 5 below), anxious to demonstrate his learning and intellectual interests and to produce a stylistic tour de force, just as much as the self-defence of a man accused of serious charges in a court of law.

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