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Apuleius’ Golden Ass. Desire and its Discontents 2. Values in the Golden Ass …. What is non-normative in Apuleius’ novel? And is there something like a “Satan”?. Discussion. non-normative. Satan. was there a single Satan? Satanic things… (so there is a value system) Venus

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apuleius golden ass

Apuleius’ Golden Ass

Desire and its Discontents 2

values in the golden ass
Values in the Golden Ass…

What is non-normative in Apuleius’ novel? And is there something like a “Satan”?

discussion
Discussion

non-normative

Satan

was there a single Satan?

Satanic things… (so there is a value system)

Venus

satan is in the desires

curiosity is “satanic” or evilish

teratogenic grid

monstrous non-nomativity

satan figure is fortune

no real pure source of eveil

  • relations between humans and animals
    • bestiality
  • issue of cowardice
  • strong powerful women demonized
  • troupe of queens
    • feminine
    • greedy and dishonest
  • 2 sisters
    • normative marriage values

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agenda
Agenda
  • Recap and Update
    • Plato’s Symposium Revisited?
  • Sexual Universality?
    • The Priests of the Syrian Goddess

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recap and update
Recap and Update

Plato’s Symposium Revisited?

story arc
Story Arc
  • Lucius curiosus
    • wants to see magic Meroe
    • watches, turns into an ass
  • Lucius asinus
    • abusive treatment, fortune comes to the fore
  • Lucius initiatus

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plato s symposium redux
Plato’s Symposium Redux

Pausanias’ Speech

Socrates’/Diotima’s Speech

Physical erōs to…

procreate bodies

Philosophical erōs to...

procreate ideas

  • “Vulgar” erōs for…
    • same/mixed-gender sexual pleasure
  • “Heavenly” erōs for...
    • Male-male friendship (with benefits)

“the beauties of the body are as nothing to the beauties of the soul (psukhē)” (p. 562)

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greek latin equivalencies
Greek ~ Latin Equivalencies

Greek

Apuleius’ Latin

Venus

Cupid

Psyche

  • Aphrodite
  • Eros
  • psukhē

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narrative thematic arcs

reunion,reconciliation,apotheosis

marriage,temptation

trials, slavery

restoration,conversion

Narrative-Thematic Arcs

temptation,transformation

Psyche

Psyche

Lucius

Slavery, sexual performance, humiliation

non platonic elements
Non-Platonic Elements?
  • Wayward desire, passions as “monster”
  • “Monster” tamed as marriage
  • Marriage as Roman
    • Lex iulia (de adulteriiscoercendis)
    • Marriage by manus (male domination)
    • Daughter Voluptas (“Pleasure”)?

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sexual universality
Sexual Universality?

The Priests of the Syrian Goddess

are they gay what is salient
Are They “Gay”? (What is Salient?)

“… he [Philebus] was a real old queen (cinaedum)” (pp. 141)

“ ‘Look, girls (puellae),at the pretty slave [Lucius] I’ve bought.’ [… the others] saying that this wasn’t a servant ... but a husband (non enim seruum, sed maritum) for himself” (p. 143)

“… these effeminates (semivirisillis)...” (p. 144)

Dea Syria

discussion1
Discussion

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