Excerpt from The Story of Eros and Psyche (Retold From Apuleius): Together With Some Early Verses
Tho' the story of Eros and Psyche is alluded to by various earlier writers, our only source for its details is, I believe, in that animated and amusing romance, the Golden Ass of Apuleius; where it occurs as an Episode, and where it is told at considerable length and with elaboration.
Apuleius was a Roman Citizen of Madaura in N. Africa, and was born about t3o a.d. He inherited a large sum of money from his father, and after spending much of it in extensive travels, settled down ultimately to a literary life at Carthage, where he was held in great honor. He had an inquiring adventurous turn of mind and character, uniting a thorough enjoyment of life with a tendency to mysticism and oriental speculation (the theosophy of the time), which shows itself in his works. He is said to have been initiated in the mysteries of various religious fraternities.
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