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Golden Ass, The Paperback – Illustrated, 20 August 1998
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- Publisher : Penguin; 3rd edition (20 August 1998)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 320 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0140435905
- ISBN-13 : 978-0140435900
- Dimensions : 12.88 x 1.91 x 19.71 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 108,803 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Lucius Apuleius (2nd Century AD) North African fubulist, who Latinized the Greek myths and legends. He travelled widely, visiting Italy, Asia &c and was there initiated into numerous religious mysteries. The knowledge which he thus acquired of the priestly fraternities he drew on for his Golden Ass.
E.J. Kenney is Emeritus Kennedy Professor of Latin in the University of Cambridge. His publications include a critical edition of Ovid's amatory works. He is a Fellow of the British Academy.
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I'll echo the previous reviews by saying that this is great fun and a really engaging read. The notes are excellent too which really helps in a work like this, drawing out many allusions.
Poetry is often said to be lost in translation but the translator has captured a real sense of the Latin while retaining the fluency of the English.