The Golden Ass (Penguin Classics)

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With accuracy, wit, and intelligence, this remarkable new translation of The Golden Ass breathes new life into Apuleius's classic work. Sarah Ruden, a lyric poet as well as a highly respected translator, skillfully duplicates the verbal high jinks of Apuleius's ever-popular novel. It tells the story of Lucius, a curious and silly young man, who is turned into a donkey when he meddles with witchcraft. Doomed to wander from region to region and mistreated by a series of deplorable owners, Lucius at last is restored to human form with the help of the goddess Isis. The Golden Ass, the first Latin novel to survive in its entirety, is related to the Second Sophistic, a movement of learned and inventive literature. In a translation that is both the most faithful and the most entertaining to date, Ruden reveals to modern readers the vivid, farcical ingenuity of Apuleius's style.

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This thoroughly entertaining mixture of magic, farce, religion and mythology is the best-known work of Lucius Apuleius, who was born early in the second century A.D. in Morocco, then a Roman province. Written in the racy, extravagant style of the professional story-tellers of the time, it recounts the boisterous, often bawdy adventures of a young man who has the misfortune to be turned into an ass, falls into the hands of robbers, shares their fantastic exploits, and is finally turned back into a man by the Goddess Isis. Robert Graves has translated it into clear and readable modern English especially for Penguin

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"A rollicking ride well worth the fare . . . marvelously, sidesplittingly ridiculous. . . . It's a story, not a homily, and Sarah Ruden has re-bestowed it with artful aplomb./i>--Tracy Lee Simons "National Review "

"The most immediately entertaining work of Latin literature . . . Ruden gives the reader a rich blend of the colloquial and the elevated . . . [in] a very American translation that captures much of the fun of the original."--D. Konstan, "Choice"--D. Konstan "Choice "

"A cause for celebration on many counts . . . We owe Sarah Ruden a great debt of thanks for [this] English translation that is no less inventive, varied, and surprising than the original."--G. W. Bowersock, "New York"" Review of Books"--G. W. Bowersock "New York Review of Books "

"Sarah Ruden's superb translation of Alpuleis's "The Golden Ass" illuminates this wonderful story with a brilliant modern wit."--Philip Pullman, "The Observer""" --Philip Pullman"The Observer" (11/24/2013)

"[B]rilliantly executed. . .Sarah Ruden's new translation of Apuleius' neo-platonist romp about a guy who magically turns into a donkey. . .conveys how truly bizarre the style of the original is."--Emily Wilson, "Times Literary Supplement"--Emily Wilson"Times Literary Supplement" (11/29/2013)

"Praise for Sarah Ruden's translation of the "Aeneid" "
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"By conveying the emotional force of the Latin, Ruden makes the "Aeneid" newly vivid, exciting, and relevant. This translation proves why, for centuries, Virgil's remarkable epic has been required reading."--Mary Lefkowitz, author of "Greek Gods, Human Lives: What We Can Learn From Myths"

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