Written towards the end of the second century AD, The Golden Ass tells the
story of the many adventures of a young man whose fascination with
witchcraft leads him to be transformed into a donkey. The bewitched Lucius
passes from owner to owner - encountering a desperate gang of robbers and
being forced to perform lewd 'human' tricks on stage - until the Goddess
Isis finally breaks the spell and Lucius is initiated into her cult.
Apuleius' enchanting story has inspired generations of writers such as
Boccaccio, Shakespeare, Cervantes and Keats with its dazzling combination
of allegory, satire, bawdiness and sheer exuberance, and remains the most
continuously and accessibly amusing book to have survived from Classical

Apuleius—The Golden Ass

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