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Apulei Metamorphoseon Libri XI - Oxford Classical Texts (Hardback)
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Apulei Metamorphoseon Libri XI - Oxford Classical Texts (Hardback)

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Hardback 352 Pages / Published: 06/09/2012
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Zimmerman presents a new edition of Apuleius' Metamorphoses, also known as Asinus Aureus ('The Golden Ass'), which was written in the second century AD and is the only ancient Latin novel to survive in its entirety. It tells the tale of a young man who, by magic, is changed into an ass. However, before he is able to regain his human form through the grace of the goddess Isis, the lively narrative describes his bawdy adventures and narrow escapes from danger and threats of death. One of the most influential novels in Western literature, it has inspired writers since the early Italian humanists, and continues to do so. Based on the latest research into the manuscript tradition, Zimmerman's edition traces the text's appearance since the eleventh-century manuscript Laurentianus 68.2 to a number of younger manuscripts. This is explained in the English preface, which also points to the importance of some of the earliest printed editions. In establishing her new text edition, Zimmerman has built on important recent research on the language and style of the literary artist Apuleius.

Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780199277025
Number of pages: 352
Weight: 424 g
Dimensions: 196 x 159 x 26 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
Maaike Zimmerman's new edition is the product of a lifetime's engagement with The Golden Ass, and will now be the one to which students and scholars turn. * Richard Jenkyns, Times Literary Supplement *
There is no one in the world that I would trust more than Maaike Zimmerman to establish the definitive edition of Apuleius' Metamorphoses, and what she has produced is both solid and exciting. Following through on recent reassessments of the manuscript tradition and hence admitting a larger range of readings into consideration gives a greater flexibility in establishing the text, as does her incorporation of literary interpretation. Every decision she has made is fully informed, wise, and not at all rigid. Reading this new edition is a little like listening to a new recording of a favorite piece of music ... A new recording takes a little time to get used to, but I look forward with joy to getting used to this one. * Ellen Finkelpearl, Ancient Narrative *

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