E' uscito nel novembre 2007 per la Oxford University Press (UK) ed è disponibile in libreria, oltre che acquistabile in rete il libro di Robert H. F. Carver

The Protean Ass
The Metamorphoses of Apuleius from Antiquity to the Renaissance

 L'uscita dell'opera è stata particolarmente apprezzata in San Secondo (Parma), dove, nella Rocca dei Rossi, è presente il significativo ed unico ciclo di affreschi sul modello apuleiano (di recente attribuiti a Vincenzo Tamagni di San Gimignano).

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The Protean Ass
The Metamorphoses of Apuleius from Antiquity to the Renaissance

Robert H. F. Carver


Price: £85.00 (Hardback)
ISBN-13: 978-0-19-921786-1
Estimated publication date: November 2007
568 pages, 234x156 mm
Series: Oxford Classical Monographs
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Teachers in UK and European schools (and FE colleges in the UK):

  • A superbly detailed account of the reception of a classical text, combining diachronic and synchronic perspectives
  • Guides readers through Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages to the Renaissance, tracking the reception of Apuleius in North Africa, Italy, France, Germany, and England
  • Extensive quotation (with English translation) from a vast array of primary sources
The Protean Ass provides the most comprehensive account (in any language) of the reception of The Golden Ass (or Metamorphoses ) of Apuleius, the only work of Latin prose fiction worthy of the name of 'novel' to survive intact from the ancient world. Apuleius' second-century account of the curious young man who is changed into a donkey following an affair with a witch's slave-girl, and undergoes a series of adventures (involving robbery, adultery, buggery, and bestiality) before a divine vision transforms him into a disciple of the goddess Isis, has delighted, perplexed, and inspired readers as diverse as St Augustine, Petrarch, Boccaccio, Sidney, Spenser, Shakespeare, and Milton. Robert H. F. Carver traces readers' responses to the novel from the third to the seventeenth centuries in North Africa, Italy, France, Germany, and England

Readership: Scholars and students of classics; late-antique, medieval, and Renaissance literature (especially Sidney, Spenser, and Shakespeare); the novel and prose fiction; comparative literature; reception studies.

1. The Metamorphoses of Apuleius: From Antiquity to the Early Middle Ages
2. Apuleius in the High Middle Ages
3. Asinus Redivivus: The Recovery of The Golden Ass
4. The Inky Ass: Apuleius in the Age of Print (1469-1500)
5. The Antiquarian Ass: The Hypnerotomachia Poliphili (1499
6. The Academical Ass: Apuleius and the Northern Renaissance
7. The Golden Asse of William Adlington (1566)
8. After Adlington: Apuleius in England (1566-1660)
9. The Arcadian Ass: Sir Philip Sidney and Apuleius
10. Psyche's Daughter: Pleasure and The Faerie Queene
11. Shakespeare's Bottom and Apuleius' Ass

Authors, editors, and contributors

Robert H. F. Carver, Lecturer in Renaissance Literature, Department of English Studies, University of Durham