The Golden Ass | Study Guide

Apuleius

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Overview

Author

Apuleius

Year Published

Late 2nd century CE

Type

Novel

Genre

Fiction

Perspective and Narrator

The Golden Ass is written from a first-person point of view. The narrator is Lucius, the protagonist.

Tense

The Golden Ass is told in the past tense.

About the Title

The novel recounts the adventures of Lucius, who is accidentally transformed into an ass, or donkey. An alternate title, Metamorphoses, means "transformations." St. Augustine, who mentions Apuleius's novel in his 5th-century theological tract The City of God, explains the story was described as "golden" because of its literary merit.

Summary

This study guide for Apuleius's The Golden Ass offers summary and analysis on themes, symbols, and other literary devices found in the text. Explore Course Hero's library of literature materials, including documents and Q&A pairs.

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