By Richard Fletcher

Apuleius of Madauros, writing within the latter half the second one century CE in Roman North Africa, is healthier identified to us this present day for his Latin fiction, the Metamorphoses aka The Golden Ass, a few guy who become a donkey and again back. in spite of the fact that, he was once additionally a Platonic thinker, who, even supposing a lot of his writings are misplaced, wrote a variety of rhetorical and philosophical works which live to tell the tale to at the present time. This e-book examines those works to bare how Apuleius' Platonism is due to the his 'impersonation of philosophy', that's, a rhetorically strong methodological software that permits him to 'speak' on behalf of Plato and his philosophy. This publication is the 1st exploration of the total scope of his idiosyncratic model of Platonism throughout his multifarious literary corpus and is a big contribution to the learn of the dynamic among literature and philosophy in antiquity and beyond.

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