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    Apuleius’ The Golden Ass and Juvenal’s Satires 3 and 4 use black humour as a leeway to express the seriousness of the situation through humiliation and dramatization in order to keep the audience entertained. Humour, especially black humour, which often involves a taste for the macabre, is used to make light of something that is considered serious or taboo. In The Golden Ass, black humour is used to illustrate Lucius’ trial where he is made a ridicule of in front of Hypata’s citizens for the festival of laughter enabling the audience to sympathize with him. Lamachus the bandit’s hand getting cut off in The Golden Ass is ironically humorous due to his intentions of robbery. In Juvenal’s Satires 3 and 4, Umbricius uses dramatization to ridicule…

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    I will be covering the various ways that magic, astrology and women play a significant role in ancient Roman culture using the novel, The Golden Ass to further develop my thesis. In the ancient Roman novel by Apuleius, is compiled of eleven short stories, each playing a significant role for Lucius own tale, as well as affecting both positively and negatively his journey. By covering such topics as magic, astrology and women I will be looking at the various ways that The Golden Ass depicts these…

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    Psyche And Cupid Analysis

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    During ancient Rome women were to be good wives. Being a good wife includes loving one’s husband, being loyal and obedient, doing duties, and being chaste, while not desiring freedom or being critical. Apuleius presents female characters in his novel The Golden Ass that both contradict and coincide with the positive and negative models of women found in ancient sources. The story of Psyche and Cupid within the larger novel reinforces the positive traits such as obedience and loyalty. Within the…

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    Essentially, the term self is how one perceives themselves. Over the years, the meaning of self has been debated amongst ancient philosophers such as Lucretius and Apuleius. Some say self is the innermost sense of a person, some say self represents one’s relationship with others and some say that the self is in fact and illusion. In the ancient Hellenistic period, self have been presented in the poem “De Rerum Natura” by Lucretius, as well as the novel “the Golden Ass” by Apuleius. Additionally,…

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    Beauty In Fairy Tales

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    There is nothing wrong with lusting after someone who is openly acknowledged as pretty. Even the elder goddesses in the Roman myth are not uneasy about their love, asking whether “it is no crime surely, to sleep with a pretty girl?” (Apuleius 125). The gods are fine with the superficiality of Cupid and Psyche’s relationship, suggesting the normality in their young love. In Fairy Tales and the Art of Subversion, Jack Zipes argues that fairy tales are a “literary discourse about mores, values, and…

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    There are only two accounted cases of the Lex Cornelia being used against magic practitioners, and only one ended in a prosecution (Dickie). This case happened in an African province and was concerned with Apuleius of Madaura using magic to seduce a rich widow (Dickie). While Dickie does not divulge much about the nature of the magic Apuleius used or its origin, it is possible that Apuleius was practicing African magic as he lived and hails from African provinces. The Lex Cornelia does not have…

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    (Evidence) Apuleius conveys that, after consulting the Oracle of Apollo regarding his daughter’s inability to find a suitor only to hear that he must offer her to a monster, “…the king returned home and made known the oracle to his wife. For many days she lamented, but at last… the company was made ready to conduct the maiden to her deadly bridal... the marriage hymn concludes in a sorrowful wailing: below her yellow wedding-veil the bride shook away her tears...” (Apuleius). (Explanation 1)…

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    Love is a motivation for people to fight, defend, and mature for. Lucius Apuleius' myth, Cupid and Psyche, tells the story of the strength and determination of the mortal needed to regain a lost love. Francesca Lia Block's modern retelling, Psyche's Dark Night, emphasizes the many issues that affect relationships and explores the pain that accompanies dating. The retelling offers a new look into love and whether or not it is worth all the pain that accompanies it. The updated setting and…

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    therefore avoided. Humans being creatures of amenity, they do not tend to lean towards explanations which they do not fully understand or that favors concepts that do not give control to the self. In stories like Cupid and Psyche fate, which is linked to religion, is used to explain the concepts of this theory. “Psyche was not naturally either very strong or very brave, but the cruel power of fate made a virago of her” (Apuleius, 117). Yes, it is true that the outcome and all the actions would…

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    Medieval Medicine Essay

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    Modern medicine has always been seen to be the only medicine that has ever worked to cure our illnesses. Medieval medicine has always been cast aside, but today historians are beginning to explore the early medieval understanding of health and medicine. In eighth and ninth century Anglo-Saxon England’s use of medicine are summarized in Life of St. Cuthbert by Bede, Bald’s Leechbook, and Herbarium by Pseudo-Apuleius. Through these texts we are able to see how early medieval people created and…

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