Apuleius: Rhetorical Works (Apologia or De magia; Florida; De deo Socratis)

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  • John Hilton (University of KwaZulu-Natal, Howard College, Durban, South Africa)

Apuleius, the second-century sophist from Madauros in Roman Africa, was a prolific author. In addition to his most studied novel, The Metamorphoses, many other works on a wide variety of subjects ranging from science and logic to agriculture were attributed to him in antiquity and in the medieval period. Many of these are lost and not all those that survive have been accepted as genuine by modern scholars. Among them, however, are an undoubtedly authentic group that can be labelled ‘rhetorical’ because they share the same flamboyant and exhibitionist style. These are the Apologia, otherwise known as Pro se de magia, the Florida, and the De deo Socratis. They are of great …

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Citation:
Hilton, John. "Rhetorical Works (Apologia or De magia; Florida; De deo Socratis)". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 28 January 2013
[http://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=34871, accessed 29 July 2014.]