Apuleius and Antonine Rome: Historical Essays

Apuleius and Antonine Rome: Historical Essays

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by Keith Bradley
Phoenix Supplementary Volumes
University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division © 2012
World Rights
408 Pages
ISBN 9781442644205
Published Apr 2012
Online discount: 25%
 $80.00    $60.00

Apuleius and Antonine Rome features outstanding scholarship by Keith Bradley on the Latin author Apuleius of Madauros and on the second-century Roman world in which Apuleius lived. Bradley discusses Apuleius’ work in the context of social relations (especially the family and household), religiosity in all its diversity and complexity, and cultural interactions between the imperial centre and the provincial periphery.

These essays examine the Apology, the speech Apuleius made when he defended himself on the criminal charge of having enticed a wealthy widow to marry him through magical means; the fragments of his speeches known as the Florida; and the remarkable serio-comic novel Metamorphoses (better known as The Golden Ass). Altogether, Apuleius and Antonine Rome effectively illustrates how socio-cultural history can be recovered from works of literature.

Keith Bradley is the Eli J. and Helen Shaheen Professor of Classics and Concurrent Professor of History  at the University of Notre Dame.



List of Abbreviations

[List of Figures]

1. Law, magic and culture in Apuleius’ Apology

2. Contending with conversion: reflections on the re-formation of Lucius the Ass

3. Romanitas and the Roman family: the evidence of Apuleius’ Apology

4. Animalising the slave: the truth of fiction

5. Fictive families: family and household in Apuleius’ Metamorphoses

6. Sacrificing the family: Christian martyrs and their kin

7. Apuleius and Carthage

8. Appearing for the defence: Apuleius on display

9. Apuleius and the sub-Saharan slave trade

10. Apuleius and Jesus

11. Lucius and Isis: history in Apuleius’ Metamorphoses

12. Apuleius and adultery in the age of the Antonines


Bibliographical References


‘This impressive, eye-opening book is of the greatest importance to the quickly growing field of Apuleian studies. Readers will be rewarded by its rich and up-to-date set of historical data and bibliographical references, which Keith Bradley has collected into a usable format and interpreted in a manner that is nuanced and logically sound. It is a creative, thoughtful work, based on vast amounts of hard research; I both learned a great deal from it and enjoyed reading it, as it is well written in an elegant style.’

Benjamin Lee, Department of Classics, Oberlin College

Apuleius and Antonine Rome is a major contribution to the study of both Apuleius and the social history of North Africa in the second century of our era. The scholarship is impeccable, as usual in Keith Bradley’s work, and the writing is clear, direct, and persuasive. I expect the book to be required reading for classicists of any field who are interested in the Antonine age.’

Julia Gaisser, Department of Greek, Latin, and Classical Studies, Bryn Mawr College

‘This is a great book by a major Roman social historian that vastly enriches a reading of Apuleius…One of the great joys of this book is Bradley’s masterful ability to evoke the sights, sounds, colours, and striking cultural mixtures that constituted this complex world, pieced together with deceptive ease.’

Ellen Finkelpearl, Phoenix vol 67:1-2:2013