Petronius: Satyricon
Francis Bacon: Novum Organum

Apuleius: The Golden Ass

Lucius_is_returned_to_human_form_at_the_procession_of_IsisThe Metamorphoses of Apuleius, better known as The Golden Ass (Latin: Asinus aureus) is the only complete surviving Latin novel from antiquity. In eleven books, it tells the story of Lucius, a Greek who is magically transformed into an ass, undergoing in that form a series of picaresque adventures.

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Free online texts

The English Server: The Golden Asse, English translation by William Adlington (1566). HTML format. Archived at the Internet Archive.

Forum Romanum: Metamorphoses. Latin text. HTML format. (Book I missing as of Dec 2018).

Gutenberg: The Golden Asse, English translation by William Adlington (1566). Multiple formats.

Internet Archive: The Golden Ass, Greek text and English translation by William Adlington, revised by  S. Gaselee (1924). Loeb edition. Multiple formats.

Loebulus: L044 - Apuleius - The Golden Ass. Greek text and English translation. PDF format.

Perseus: Metamorphoses. Latin text. HTML and XML formats.

Poetry in Translation: The Golden Ass, translated by A.S. Kline (2013). Multiple formats.

Sacred Texts Archive: The Golden Asse, English translation by William Adlington (1566). HTML format. See also The Marriage of Cupid and Psyche.

University of Adelaide (Internet Archive): The Golden Asse, English translation by William Adlington (1566). Multiple formats.

Wikisource: Latin text and English translation by William Adlington (1566). HTML and other formats.

Other Resources

Conceptual Fiction: The Golden Ass, by Ted Gioia. Interprets the work as a precursor of magical realism.

Librivox: Metamorphosis or The Golden Ass. Public domain audiobook.

Literature and History: Episode 73 - The Golden Ass, podcast by Doug Metzger.

Miami University/Internet Archive: Book One and Apuleius' Metamorphoses, by Stephen A. Nimis.

The Golden Ass, by Benjamin Slade.

Wikipedia: Apuleius - The Golden Ass

The Great Conversation: Further reading at Tom's Learning Notes

Ovid: Metamorphoses.

Lucian: The Ass - may be a version of the Greek original which Apuleius adapted for his story.

Petronius: Satyricon.

Augustine: The Confessions - The City of God. The usual title of The Golden Ass comes down to us from references in Augustine.

Latin Resources: Online materials for learning Latin.

Bloom's Western Canon: The Golden Ass is listed.


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