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Unformatted text preview: December 3, 2007 Myth and Philosophy Apuleius, ‘Cupid and Psyche’ • Why did Apuleius devote almost one-sixth of his novel The Golden Ass to the story of Cupid and Psyche? Parallels between Lucius and Psyche • All the inserted tales in The Golden Ass in some way reflect themes or situations of the main story • Example: the first inserted tale, told to Lucius by a fellow traveler, is the story of a man whose life was ruined because he got involved with a witch in the very town to with Lucius was traveling • What parallels are there between the story of Lucius and the story of Psyche?- Both are young people from good fa milies, with all the a dvant a g e s in the world- Both of the m, through their own fault, b eco m e outcasts in society a nd experience un difficulties • What fault of Psyche results in her downfall?- Curiosity: h er sisters persua d e h er to ignore her husba nds warnings a nd g et a look at a g ainst his will • Lucius’ downfall is also caus e d by his curiosity: h e’s keen to spy on a witch, de spite...
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- Fall '07
- Symposium, Apuleius, The Golden Ass, Lucius