The idea of education and learning (paideia) was central to ancient Greek thought. With the incorporation of the Greek East into the Roman Empire, the concept of paideia underwent profound changes and by the second century CE, the so-called age of the Second Sophistic, paideia embodied Greek civilization and culture. The Latin orator and author Apuleius of Madauros adapted the Greek concept of paideia and conveyed it to a Latin audience in his main works, the only extant Latin court speech of the Roman Empire (the Apology) and the only Latin novel that is completely preserved, the Metamorphoses. The contributors to this volume have undertaken the task of discerning the specific forms of paideia and its varying functions in both works. Interpreting these literary masterpieces from a literary and historical perspective as well as in close correlation to each other, the authors argue that a significant unifying factor characterizes both speech and nov el: the playful nature of Apuleius' paideia. The traditional literary technique of blending serious with comic elements reached new heights during the second century CE, since for authors of the Second Sophistic learning and wit were often intertwined. In Apuleius' writings in particular, reflexivity and entertainment go hand in hand, with paideia almost always bound up with wit and humor. This programmatic combination serving specifically Apuleian ends testifies to Apuleius' highly self-conscious and innovative treatment of Greek paideia.
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I THE APOLOGY 1
STEPHEN J. HARRISON
The Sophist at Play in Court: Apuleius' Apology and His Literary Career 3
JAMES B. RIVES
Legal Strategy and Learned Display in Apuleius' Apology 17
Apuleius Socrates Africanus? Apuleius' Defensive Play 51
Homer in Apuleius' Apology 75
THOMAS D. MCCREIGHT
The "Riches" of Poverty: Literary Games with Poetry in Apuleius' Laus Paupertatis (Apology 18) 89
Eloquentia ludens - Apuleius' Apology and the Cheerful Side of Standing Trial 105
II THE METAMORPHOSES 133
Cenatus solis fabulis: A Symposiastic Reading of Apuleius' Novel 135
ROBERT E. VANDER POPPEN
A Festival of Laughter: Lucius, Milo, and Isis Playing the Game of Hospitium 157
ELIZABETH M. GREENE
Social Commentary in the Metamorphoses: Apuleius' Play with Satire 175
AMANDA G. MATHIS
Playing with Elegy: Tales of Lovers in Books 1 and 2 of Apuleius' Metamorphoses 195
DAVID P. C. CARLISLE
Vigilans somniabar: Some Narrative Uses of Dreams in Apuleius' Metamorphoses 215
NIALL W. SLATER
Apuleian Ecphraseis: Depiction at Play 235
List of Contributors 259
Index locorum 281
General Index 293
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