A Latin Sophist
By (author) S. J. Harrison
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Apuleius by S. J. Harrison
Book DescriptionThis book is a response to the literary pleasures and scholarly problems of reading the texts of Apuleius, most famous for his novel Metamorphoses or Golden Ass. Living in second-century North Africa, Apuleius was more than an author of fiction; he was a consummate orator and professional intellectual, Platonist philosopher, extraordinary stylist, relentless self-promoter, and versatile author of a remarkably diverse body of work, much of which is lost to us. This book is written for those able to read Apuleius in Latin, and Apuleian works are accordingly quoted without translation (although where they exist suitable translations have been indicated). In this book Dr Harrison has provided a literary handbook to all the works of Apuleius as well as the Metamorphoses, and has set his works against their intellectual background: not only Apuleius' career as a performing intellectual, a sophist, in second-century Roman North Africa, but also the larger contemporary framework of the Greek Second Sophistic. While focusing primarily on the texts as literature and literary-historical, the book also deals with Apuleius' works of didactic philosophy and his consequent connection with Middle Platonism.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780199271382
(217mm x 138mm x 16mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 15-Jan-2004
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author S. J. Harrison
Horace, Paperback (July 2014)
This book gives a full and authoritative survey of the scholarly literature on the key Roman poet Horace.
Louis MacNeice: The Classical Radio Plays, Hardback (June 2013)
This volume presents 11 radio scripts written and produced by Louis MacNeice over the span of his career at the BBC. This selection, all but one of which is published for the first time, illustrates the various ways that MacNeice re-worked ancient Greek and Roman history and literature for radio broadcast.
Framing the Ass, Hardback (June 2013)
This book studies one of the few novels from the Roman Empire, Apuleius' Metamorphoses or Golden Ass. Harrison shows that this work is one of remarkable literary complexity. The volume traces some of the history of the novel's criticism and offers a detailed analysis of its key sections and issues.
Generic Enrichment in Vergil and Horace, Paperback (March 2011)» View all books by S. J. Harrison
Why did the years c.39-19 BC in Rome produce such a rich range of complex poetical texts, above all in the work of Vergil and Horace? S. J. Harrison argues that a vital aspect of this literary flourishing was generic enrichment, the interaction of different poetic genres, and illustrates this by analysis of key passages in the two poets' works.
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