192 pp., 5.5 x 9.25
Paperback ISBN: 978-0-8078-6588-0
Published: March 2011
eBook ISBN: 978-1-4696-2071-8
Published: March 2017
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Many critics have seen a discontinuity between the comedic aspects of the first ten tales and the more elevated account in the eleventh of the initiation of Lucius into the cult of Isis. But Schlam uncovers patterns of narrative and a thematic structure that give coherence to the adventures of Lucius and to the diversity of tales embedded in the principal narrative. Schlam sees a single seriocomic purpose pervading the narrative, which is marked by elements of burlesque as well as intimations of an ethical religious purpose.
As Schlam points out, however, the world of second-century Rome cannot easily be divided into the sacred and the secular. Such neat distinctions were largely unknown in the ancient world, and Apuleius' tales are a part of a tradition, flowing from Homer, that addressed both religious and philosophical issues.
Originally published in 1992.
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About the Author
Carl C. Schlam, professor of classics at Ohio Sate University, is author of Cupid and Psyche: Apuleius and the Monuments.
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"This is a most useful book on the Metamorphoses, chock full of important and relevant information. It presents a clear and compelling argument for the overall structure of the work and the consistency of thematic patterns within it."--David Konstan, Brown University
"Carl Schlam is already highly respected by students of Apuleius for a number of useful articles and an impressive monograph on Cupid and Psyche and the monuments. The merits of this book are its resistance to transient critical theory; its sensible stance on the purposes of the novel as entertainment and simultaneously as moral and religious instruction; and its judicious selection of leading themes and careful analysis of them."--P. G. Walsh, University of Glasgow