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- Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
- Format: Paperback | 256 pages
- Language: English / Latin
- Dimensions: 120mm x 202mm x 22mm | 322g
- Publication date: 1 March 1991
- Publication City/Country: Cambridge
- ISBN 10: 0521278139
- ISBN 13: 9780521278133
- Illustrations note: 1 half-tone, index
- Sales rank: 594,463
Apuleius' story of Cupid and Psyche, the relationship of the human Soul with divine Love, is one of the great allegories of world literature. It forms an integral part of and profoundly illuminates the message of his novel Metamorphoses or The Golden Ass, which relates the adventures of a young man and his spiritual fall and redemption. To enrich and deepen his basic plot, the origins of which are obscure, Apuleius has combined poetic sources, Platonic philosophy and popular iconography in an unprecedented tour de force of literary creation. This edition sensitively elucidates the subtle art with which this transformation has been accomplished, and comprehensively illustrates both Apuleius' inventive handling of his various models and sources and the exuberant and idiosyncratic Latinity with forms the vehicle for it. It places in a fresh light the results of recent work on the ancient Novel and on Apuleius himself, and offers a stimulating, occasionally provocative, reading of his much-discussed text. The Latin is accompanied by a facing English translation, making the edition more accessible to students of comparative literature as well as to classicists.
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"The translation again is in accurate, idiomatic English...but the fleshing out is left to the commentary, which is a superb help toward appreciating a rich and complex piece of artistry." The Key Reporter "The entire work exhibits the precision and thoroughness that we expect in Kenney's scholarship...Kenney's Cupid and Psyche is a virtuosic performance and marks an auspicious beginning to the new Imperial Library from Cambridge University Press." James R. Bradley, New England Classical Journal and Newsletter
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This edition, the first with a full commentary in English to appear for eighty years, sensitively elucidates the subtle art with which this transformation has been accomplished, and comprehensively illustrates both Apuleius' inventive handling of his various models and sources and the exuberant and idiosyncratic Latinity which forms the vehicle for it.
Table of contents
Preface; Abbreviations and references; Introduction; 1. The author; 2. The book; 3. The 'meaning' of the Metamorphoses; 4. The story of Cupid and Psyche; 5. Style and language; 6. The text; Commentary; Indexes.