Apuleius and Drama: The Ass on Stage (Oxford Classical by Regine May

By Regine May

Regine may well discusses using drama as an intertext within the paintings of the second century Latin writer Apuleius, who wrote the one entire extant Latin novel, the Metamorphoses, during which a tender guy is become a donkey by way of magic. Apuleius makes use of drama, specifically comedy, as a uncomplicated underlying texture, and invitations his readers to exploit their wisdom of latest drama in examining the destiny of his protagonist and the customarily comedian or tragic events during which he unearths himself. might employs an in depth examine of the Latin textual content and specified comparability with the corpus of dramatic texts from antiquity, in addition to dialogue of inventory beneficial properties of old drama, specifically of comedy, with a view to clarify a few positive aspects of the radical that have to this point baffled Apuleian scholarship, together with the enigmatic finishing. All Latin and Greek has been translated into English.

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11 Rohde (1914: 270 n. 2-1876: 251 n. g. Antonios Diogenes, cf. Photios cod. ). g. Antonios Diogenes’ novel ‘dramatic’, äæÆìÆôØŒüí, (cod. 166. 109a7, cf. 111b30), cf. Rohde (1914: 376 with n. 1 ¼ 1876: 350 n. 1). Dramatic elements may be found in the novels, and in the case of Antonios Diogenes it seems that the same author claims to have composed works of both genres, which may either refer to his novel itself, or to the composing of drama besides the novel. Rohde, not knowing of the evidence for continued performance and composition, does not believe that the ‘tragedies’ and ‘comedies’ attested for several sophistic authors, namely Philostratus, Synesius or Heliodorus of Athens, are dramas: Rohde (1914: 351 n.

On imperial tragedy performances cf. ). ); Weismann (1972: 46)). , 1616, 1637, 1870, 4555, 5417, 8564, 8581 mention the name Menedemerumenus, perhaps a calque of Menedemus and Heautontimoroumenos—Jocelyn (1988: 60 n. ). ) seems to mention performances of Plautus’ Amphitruo (Nat. 33). For evidence for the performance of Atellanae in Apuleius’ time: Steinmetz (1982: 347) (cf. above n. 6). 26 On the problem of reconstructing a performance programme for lack of evidence cf. Horsfall (2003: 57). 28 The number of days dedicated to scenic entertainments increased steadily.

Rohde (1914: 376 with n. 1 ¼ 1876: 350 n. 1). Dramatic elements may be found in the novels, and in the case of Antonios Diogenes it seems that the same author claims to have composed works of both genres, which may either refer to his novel itself, or to the composing of drama besides the novel. Rohde, not knowing of the evidence for continued performance and composition, does not believe that the ‘tragedies’ and ‘comedies’ attested for several sophistic authors, namely Philostratus, Synesius or Heliodorus of Athens, are dramas: Rohde (1914: 351 n.

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