Lucius Apuleius

Picture of Lucius Apuleius

Date of Birth: 0124

Age: 1891

Place of birth: Madavre

Citizenship: Italy


Puglia, Lucius (Lucius Apuleius) (ca. 125 BC -. After 170 AD), the Roman philosopher, rhetorician and writer. Born in Madavre (Numidia). Educated in Carthage and Athens, Apulia was a practicing lawyer in Rome. On his return to Africa, he married a rich widow Emilia Pudentilloy. Deceived in their expectations of relatives of his wife accused him of that he won it by magic. Apuleius good word in court is preserved in the form of a book about magic, or Apology (Apologia, Pro se de magia). This work, like other works of Apuleius, detects his interest in magic, as well as the influence of Neoplatonic philosophy and Eastern mysticism, especially the cult of the Egyptian goddess Isis. Apology In addition, under the name of Apuleius we heard the following works: On the teachings of Plato (De Platone et eius dogmate); Oh god Socrates (De deo Socratis); Florida (Florida) (extracts from speeches); About the world (De mundo) (translation of the treatise of Pseudo-Aristotle); and the famous masterpiece, the novel Metamorphoses, or of a golden ass (Metamorphoseon sive de asino aureo libri). Reputation, which is used in Apuleius compatriots, was unusually high, he won two statues in their honor (vMadavre and Carthage) and was made a priest.

Metamorphoses, a novel in eleven books, narrates the adventures of a certain Lucius of Corinth: in the third book fessaliyanka Pamphilus and her maid Fotida, using magic, transforming it into a donkey. In this guise Lucius has to endure a lot of trouble, sometimes he barely manages to escape. One can not help listening to people`s conversations, it is dedicated to the many secrets. The middle part of the Metamorphoses seems fragmented and disjointed, as filled with about twenty flow freely into each other novels, which focused mainly on love affairs. Some modern readers of the novel tend to believe that these stories are allegorical meaning and narrate about the ascent of the soul to the final salvation. The researchers argue that the key to the whole allegory is able to give the story of Cupid and Psyche in the IV-VI books. While such a view, it is likely gives too serious interpretation problems, which set itself Puglia, it is impossible to deny that the last page Metamorphosis illuminated genuine mystical feeling. Thanks to Isis Lucius regains human form, and then becomes a priest of the goddess.