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.
I thought this book was ok. I thought it started quite well, and enjoyed the first few stories. I enjoyed all the descriptions of witchcraft and really liked the setting of the city full of witches. It remineded me an awful lot of Xena (butI thought this book was ok. I thought it started quite well, and enjoyed the first few stories. I enjoyed all the descriptions of witchcraft and really liked the setting of the city full of witches. It remineded me an awful lot of Xena (but unfortunately with less lesbian subtext). I started to loose interest with the story of Cupid and Psyche. Instead of being about interesting and different popular superstition it seemed to turn into a story very much like any other in Roman mythology. (Which I hate to say but I've always found rather dull). I also felt like the secound half became rather judgemental. Instead of enjoying the events, it seemed like he became much more moral and judgemental. I found myself loosing interest as it became less humorous, despite the "inter-species erotica". But then I think it picked up again for the last chapter and I enjoyed reading about the Cult of Isis quite a bit. But for the most part it was just too Roman for me. I just felt like it could have used some fox spirits....Continua Nascondi