Niccolo Machiavelli, L'asino d'oro [The Golden Ass]

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Alessia Palanti (Columbia University)

Between 1514 and 1517, Niccolò Machiavelli (1469-1527) composed The Golden Ass (L’asino d’oro), an eight-chapter satirical poem in terza rima that mimics (or, perhaps, mocks) the structure of Dante’s Divine Comedy and is inspired by—if not a direct parody of—The Metamorphosis (La metamorfosi), also commonly referred to as The Golden Ass, by the classical Latin prose writer Apuleius (125-170). Apuleius’s protagonist, characterized by curiositas and a fascination for magic, is turned into a donkey in a failed attempt at performing a spell, and after a long journey finds salvation and recovers his human form w…

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Citation: Palanti, Alessia. "L'asino d'oro". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 27 September 2018 [, accessed 05 February 2023.]

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