North African Apuleius, whose birth date is 472 years after the date of Plato’s demise, was an ardent disciple of his Greek predecessor, and studied Platonic Philosophy in Athens (Hijmans 1987: 434-436). In all his philosophical writingApuleius re-formulates elements of Platonic philosophical thought in order to accentuate the importance of discourse. Supreme rhetorical skill can be displayed only by those deeply engaged in philosophy, such a skill being exhibited in its highest form by Plato.
The gods, the nature of the soul, the mysteries of the physical universe, and how humans can know anything for certain given the vast gulf between ever-mutable humanity and the immutable divine – all basic Platonic concerns – are taken and reinterpreted by Apuleius. His interpretation of
Citation: O'Brien, Maeve. "Philosophical Works [On Plato and His Doctrine (De Platone et eius dogmate), On the god of Socrates (De Deo Socratis), and On the Universe (De Mundo)]". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 11 October 2014 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=35522, accessed 09 December 2023.]