Track Section Reader Length
01 00 - Introduction Leni 21:14
02 01 - Chapter 1 Part 1 Dee Wykoff 23:35
03 02 - Chapter 1 Part 2 Shiromi 21:46
04 03 - Chapter 2 Part 1 heyfd 26:51
05 04 - Chapter 2 Part 2 heyfd 25:37
06 05 - Chapter 3 Part 1 heyfd 20:14
07 06 - Chapter 3 Part 2 Ted Garvin 22:50
08 07 - Chapter 4 Part 1 Ted Garvin 27:31
09 08 - Chapter 4 Part 2 ljsei 25:52
10 09 - Chapter 5 Part 1 Ted Garvin 22:04
11 10 - Chapter 5 Part 2 ontheroad 24:39
12 11 - Chapter 6 Part 1 ontheroad 23:01
13 12 - Chapter 6 Part 2 ontheroad 27:24
14 13 - Chapter 7 Part 1 Ted Garvin 19:02
15 14 - Chapter 7 Part 2 Ted Garvin 23:13
16 15 - Chapter 8 Part 1 Anna Simon 30:00
17 16 - Chapter 8 Part 2 Anna Simon 23:02
18 17 - Chapter 9 Part 1 Thomas A. Copeland 35:35
19 18 - Chapter 9 Part 2 Thomas A. Copeland 39:24
20 19 - Chapter 10 Part 1 Tim Ferreira 25:17
21 20 - Chapter 10 Part 2 Tim Ferreira 25:47
22 21 - Chapter 11 Part 1 Tim Ferreira 26:58
23 22 - Chapter 11 Part 2 Tim Ferreira 30:18

Production
Book Coordinator:  Leni
Meta Coordinator:  Leni
Proof Listener:  Brett W. Downey

Artwork
Cover:    Fresco depicting a scene from Apuleius' "Metamorphosis, or, the Golden Ass", artist unknown, Sala della Geste Rossiane, Rocca del Rossi, San Secondo, Italy
Inset:    Lucius takes human form, illustration of Apuleius Metamorphoses c. 65., by Bartolomeo di Bartoli for Bruzio Visconti.
Inset:    Engraving of Lucius Apuleius Platonicus, from 'Crabbes Historical Dictionary', published in 1825
Insert:    Illustration of Cupid & Psyche, a mythological tale, from the Golden Ass of Apuleius. By Hudson Gurney, 1801, J. Wright, London

The Metamorphosis of Apuleius, which has come to be called The Golden Ass, the name given it by St. Augustine, is the only novel written in Latin from the time of ancient Rome to have survived intact.  It tells the story of a young man fascinated by magic who accidentally transforms himself into an ass while performing a spell intended to transform himself into a bird.  This leads, of course, to a long journey, full of tales of trials and tribulations, before his eventual rescue and salvation by the goddess Isis.  Lucius' lot is often cast with thieves, murderers, slaves, and wretched freemen, and the book is the only surviving work from antiquity to depict the wretched conditions of the lower classes. The style is innovative, mannerly, and exuberant, and the writing imaginative, witty, and sexually frank, unlike the more formal and sedate Latin we get in the schoolroom. The Golden Ass is a picaresque novel, with frequent inset stories, some interlocking with the plot, and others independent of it. The longest of these is the tale of Cupid and Psyche, its first appearance in Western literature. As such, the book is a precursor to works by Rabelais, Boccaccio, Cervantes, Chaucer,Voltaire and Defoe, among others. 

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Item Info
EAN 0701236969641
Media MP3 CD
Package DVD Case
Author Lucius Apuleius (c. 125 - 180) Translated by Thomas Taylor (1758 - 1835)
Recording
Read by Multiple readers
Length 9 hours and 51 minutes
Type Collaborative

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