A Cult Classic: Apuleius’s “The Golden Ass”

Apuleius’s dazzling novel, The Golden Ass, is classic and a joy to read.  Yet it is unknown to the majority of readers of the Western canon,  because they have been taught that the novel was not invented till the eighteenth century.

The Golden Ass, written in Latin in the second century A.D.,  is a masterpiece that has achieved the status of a cult classic. Hilarious, wild, bawdy, and religious, it is too politically incorrect to appeal widely; at least that is my assumption.  Yet one imagines John Barth and Ursula K. Le Guin poring over this strange mix of comedy, magic realism, eroticism, philosophy, religion, and metafiction.

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I look forward to your feedback.  Are you an Apuleius fan?

2 thoughts on “A Cult Classic: Apuleius’s “The Golden Ass””

  1. Yes, I am. I studied Latin language at high school ( I hated it at that time) but when we started to read the classics, well, I loved it and Apuleius in particular. I might be wrong, but this novel echoes a lot in Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream.


    1. I am so glad you’re a fan! This is such a strange book, and you’re right, it must have influenced A Midsummer Night’s Dream. I’m remembering Bottom’s being turned into a donkey.

      Thank you for commenting.


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