Apuleius and His Influence

Apuleius and His Influence

Apuleius and His Influence

Apuleius and His Influence

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The approximate dates of Apuleius, 125-171 A.D., place him in the time of Antoninus Pius and Marcus Aurelius. Born in Africa, educated in Carthage, Athens and Rome, a traveller to the east, lawyer, sophist, novelist, scientist and philosopher, Apuleius is essentially the child of that modern Graeco-Roman world which he represented in his bilingual literary work. Versatile, restless, curious, unsatisfied, seeking now expression for his own subtle inner life, now some solution for the mysteries of the outer world, he is as Protean as he is fascinating and in his own personal metamorphoses suggests something of the spiritual transformations which the Roman Empire was undergoing during this epoch.

The changes in the Roman world were not apparent in the time of Antoninus Pius, for the . . .

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