Apuleius' "The Golden Ass"
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This paper explains that the journey of the Golden Ass, the eponymous hero of Apuleius' "The Golden Ass", is an account of the trial, tribulations and triumphs of one individual, whose story stands for the voyage all people take from birth to death. The author points out that, as 'Book X' reveals, the Golden Ass is uniquely placed to both observe and experience what fortune holds in store for mortal men and women. The paper relates that the Golden Ass's journey in 'Books X and XI' is a fascinating account of what can happen to a rational being that makes full use of his or her intellectual powers and physical circumstances.
From the Paper:"'Book X 'of Apuleius' "The Golden Ass" begins with a moralistic tale about a woman who breaks all the conventions of her society. Her desire for her stepson is thwarted by the stepson's faithfulness to the moral precepts of the time and place, and to his loyalty and devotion to his own father--his stepmother's husband. The stepson's life is also saved by the desire of others to preserve the worthwhile traditions of their world. The majority of the people would have rushed to judgment and executed the son without first having a trial and hearing all the evidence... ."
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