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Featuring translations of three classical Roman works—Apuleius’s The Golden Ass, Lucan’s Pharsalia, and Suetonius’s The Twelve Ceasars—this collection is vital to the understanding of Roman culture and history. The Golden Ass tells the story of a young man who, through his own stupidity, is turned into a donkey, thus beginning his rollicking quest to regain his human form ...more
Hardcover, 440 pages
Published April 1st 2010 by Carcanet Press Ltd. (first published 2010)
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Jonathan
Feb 22, 2014 rated it liked it
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A bit of a mixed bag here. This has 3 translations Graves did of quite different books: Apuleius's The Golden Ass - very funny story of a man who is transformed into an ass, but he suffers quite a lot as a result; Lucan's Pharsalia - a history of the Roman Civil War (Julius Caesar and Pompey), which apparently sometimes strays from the truth (not one of Graves's favourite books, but it has a good introduction explaining why he has translated it the way he has, comparing it with other versions); ...more
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Robert Ranke Graves, born in Wimbledon, received his early education at King's College School and Copthorne Prep School, Wimbledon & Charterhouse School and won a scholarship to St John's College, Oxford. While at Charterhouse in 1912, he fell in love with G. H. Johnstone, a boy of fourteen ("Dick" in Goodbye to All That) When challenged by the headmaster he defended himself by citing Plato, G ...more