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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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Apuleius golden ass

A gladiator fights his own phallus.(1st-cent. CE Wind-chime from Pompeii)


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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