Apuleius Madaurensis Metamorphoses, Book XI, The Isis Book

Text, Introduction and Commentary


After more than three decades since the publication of Gwyn Griffiths’ 1975 commentary, which concentrated mainly on Egyptological aspects and represents an outdated, positivistic approach to the literary evidence on Isis, this new commentary presents a new and thorough assessment of Apuleius’ Isis Book, elucidating and interpreting the narrative in its literary, religious, archaeological and cultural context. Reflecting the recent innovative approach to the interaction of literature and religion (Literarisierung von Religion) and the important developments in the research on the Second Sophistic (e.g. ‘Self-fashioning’; Cultural Identity), the volume offers a new, detailed interpretation of the Isis Book in the easy-to-use form of a fully-fledged commentary, including Latin Text and monographic Introduction.

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Wytse Keulen currently teaches Latin at the University of Rostock. His commentary on Apuleius’ Metamorphoses Book I (Groningen Commentaries on Apuleius) appeared in 2007. He also published a monograph on Aulus Gellius (Gellius the Satirist: Roman Cultural Authority in Attic Nights, Leiden: Brill 2009).

Ulrike Egelhaaf-Gaiser is professor of Latin Language and Literature at the University of Göttingen. She presented a monograph on Apuleius' Isis Book (2000). A monograph on literary forms and functions of the Roman convivium from Cicero to Athenaios is forthcoming.
All those interested in Latin imperial literature, the Second Sophistic, Ancient Religion, the Ancient Novel, as well as classical philologists and ancient historians and classical archeologists.
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