This new monograph on Apuleius' Isis Book not only brings together the striking diversity of opinions that continues to enliven the discussion about Book Eleven, but also sets new trends in reading the narrative in its literary, religious, archaeological and cultural context. Through a variety of approaches, including religious studies (ancient mystery cult), textual criticism, literary analysis, Greek philosophy, and archaeology, the volume sheds new light on important aspects of Book XI, such as the relation with Plutarch’s
De Iside et Osiride; aspects of Lucius’ multifarious physical self-presentation as an Isiac convert; aspects of style and language (wordplay), textual problems in relation to problems of interpretation; the role of Providence and Platonic philosophy, and numerous metaliterary and intertextual aspects.
Wytse Keulen teaches Latin at Rostock University. He published a commentary on Apuleius’
Metamorphoses Book I (2007) and a monograph on Gellius (Brill 2009). With an international team of Apuleian scholars, he prepares a new commentary on the Isis Book.
Ulrike Egelhaaf-Gaiser is professor of Latin Language and Literature at the University of Göttingen. She presented a monograph on Apuleius' Isis Book (2000) and is a member of the research group that works on a commentary on book 11.
Contributors are: Maaike Zimmerman, Lara Nicolini, Ulrike Egelhaaf-Gaiser, Stephen Harrison, Luca Graverini, Friedemann Drews, Stefan Tilg, Ken Dowden, Luc Van der Stockt, Ellen Finkelpearl, and Warren Smith.
All those interested in the ancient novel, the history of religion, the Second Sophistic, as well as classical philologists.