Apuleius and His Influence

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IV. APULEIUS IN THE
MIDDLE AGES

1. IN THE EARLY MIDDLE AGES

THE varied fame which Apuleius attained in his life-time was surpassed by his post-mortem reputation. From the fourth century down through the Middle Ages his name was notorious and his work was the subject of discussion. Not even Virgil was regarded as a more powerful thaumaturge. Pagan and Christian writers alike recognized Apuleius as a magician. Philosophers responded to his mysticism. Story-tellers imitated his romance. Third-rate writers copied and debased his style. His lines of literary influence are as widely divergent as his own writings were antipodal. For to this same author may be traced accounts of mystic incubations and tales of risqué love affairs. From Saint Augustine to Boccaccio we find Apuleius casting his spells of one sort of magic or another

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Presenting Apuleius vii
  • Contents ix
  • Illustrations xi
  • I. the Age of the Antonines 3
  • Ii. the Life of Apuleius 24
  • Iii. the Writings of Apuleius 37
  • IV- Apuleius in The Middle Ages 90
  • VI- the Most Pleasaunt And Delectable Tale of The Marriage of Cupide And Psyches Done in English 135
  • VII- the Story of Cupid And Psyche in Art 161
  • Ave Atque Vale 182
  • Notes 185
  • Bibliography 187
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