Apuleius’ Metamorphoses (also known as the Golden Ass, Latin Asinus Aureus) is the single complete work of extended Latin prose fiction to survive from antiquity, comparable only to the Satyrica of Petronius, which dates about a century earlier, but is incomplete. Precise dating of the Metamorphoses is uncertain; many scholars think it was probably written after Apuleius’ trial in the 160s or 170s. The Metamorphoses is frequently studied and grouped with the Greek novels, including a Greek version of the same story known as the Onos [the Ass]. This short work is transmitted with the works of Apuleius’ contemporary, Lucian, but authorship is uncertain; most …

Please log in to consult the article in its entirety. If you are a member (student of staff) of a subscribing institution (see List), you should be able to access the LE on campus directly (without the need to log in), and off-campus either via the institutional log in we offer, or via your institution's remote access facilities, or by creating a personal user account with your institutional email address. If you are not a member of a subscribing institution, you will need to purchase a personal subscription. For more information on how to subscribe as an individual user, please see under Individual Subcriptions.

Sabnis, Sonia. "Metamorphoses". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 11 July 2013
[http://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=26509, accessed 28 November 2015.]