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Apuleius and Drama
The Ass on Stage
himself. May employs a close study of the Latin text and detailed comparison with the corpus of dramatic texts from antiquity, as well as discussion of stock features of ancient drama, especially of comedy, in order to explain some features of the novel which have so far baffled Apuleian scholarship, including the
enigmatic ending. All Latin and Greek has been translated into English. - ;May's thorough study does much to ground Apuleius in the intellectual world of the Second Sophistic and draws welcome attention to the many dramatic intertexts, especially within the Metamorphoses. - Niall W. Slater, Scholia;May's merit is to have made a detailed survey and to have extended the intertextual analysis to the genre of mime - Lucia Pasetti, Bryn Mawr Classical Review;"May has raised a number of issues, not least of which is the way we define Greco-Roman drama in general and evaluate New Comedy in particular. May reinforces the case that Apuleius both confirms and confounds the roles of an apparently familiar stage cast of comic, farcical, tragic and paratragic characters. It is testament to the excellence of May's book that Apuleian scholars will dwell and draw upon her methodology and her conclusions in the continuing conversations they conduct
and publish upon the Metamorphoses." - Paula James, The Open University -
396 pages; ISBN 9780191513978