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The Golden Ass

Translated by Ellen Finkelpearl

Peter Singer has breathed new life into Apuleius’s The Golden Ass—a hilarious, bawdy tale and one of the earliest novels.

Apuleius’s The Golden Ass, one of a handful of surviving ancient novels, has remained relatively unknown—until now. Renowned philosopher and animal rights activist Peter Singer remedies this neglect with a new edited version of the rollicking story of the travails, erotic adventures and ultimate enlightenment of a cocky young man who is transformed into a donkey.

Singer has teamed with Apuleius scholar and translator Ellen Finkelpearl and prize-winning artists Anna and Varvara Kendel to present Apuleius’s novel as not only an engaging and entertaining story but as a remarkable example of ancient empathy for animals and deep understanding of their suffering.

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About the Authors
Peter Singer

Peter Singer, an Australian philosopher, is Ira W. DeCamp Professor of Bioethics at Princeton University. He is the author of more than twenty books, including Ethics in the Real World and The Most Good You Can Do. Singer divides his time between Princeton and Melbourne.

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Apuleius (124–170 CE) was a Roman novelist, philosopher and rhetorician.

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About the Translator

Prominent Apuleius scholar Ellen Finkelpearl is the Helen Chandler Garland Professor of Ancient Studies at Scripps College, California.

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Extent:
240pp
Format:
Paperback
Text publication date:
4 May 2021
ISBN:
9781922458063
AU Price:
$24.99
NZ Price:
$30.00
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