The Golden Ass By Robert Graves

 

Lucius Apuleius, a young man of good parentage, takes a trip to Thessaly. Along the way, he offends a priestess, who turns him into an ass. Infused with ribald humor and a vivid sense of adventure, Robert Graves’ translation of this classic tale from ancient Greece is at once hilarious, informative, and hard to put down.

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Robert Graves

Robert Graves (1895-1985) was an English novelist, poet, and translator of Classical Greek and Roman literature, and one of the most prominent English writers of the 20th century. He was an extremely prolific writer, who published more than 140 novels and collections of poetry. In addition to novels and poetry, he published groundbreaking analysis of Greek mythology, as well as memoir. Graves is best known for his historical novels, which include I, Claudius, Claudius, the God, The Golden Fleece, King Jesus, and Count Belisarius. Robert Graves served in combat in World War I and was gravely wounded at the Battle of the Somme. Following his recovery, he wrote several works of war poetry as well as a memoir of his time in combat, entitled Goodbye to All That. In 1934, Robert Graves was awarded the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for his historical novels dealing with the Roman Emperor Claudius.

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