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Apuleius

ApuleiusAKA Apuleius Apuleius

Born: c. 124 AD
Birthplace: Madauros, Numidia
Died: c. 180 AD
Location of death: Carthage
Cause of death: unspecified

Gender: Male
Religion: Cult
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Author

Nationality: Ancient Rome
Executive summary: The Golden Ass

Author of the only complete surviving Latin novel, Asinus Aureus (known as Metamorphoses or The Golden Ass), a picaresque tale of the traveller Lucius, who has the misfortune of being transformed into a donkey after rubbing himself down with a witch's ointment. Lucius suffers through all the trials and torments of life as a donkey, only to be transformed back into a man, at which point he -- rather curiously -- becomes a chaste and virtuous devotee of Isis. Apuleius himself was once accused of sorcery by his avaricious in-laws, though he was able to rebuff the charges.

Wife: Aemilia Pudentilla

    Witchcraft (aquitted)

Author of books:
Asinus Aureus (novel, trans. The Golden Ass)
Apologia (oratory)
Florida (oratory)
The God of Socrates
Plato and his Creed
On Dialectic



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