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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