Tales of High Adventure and Magic: Apuleius’ Golden Ass

Birgitta Hoffmann

A young man misbehaves and gets turned into a donkey, searching the Roman Empire for healing he experiences the stranges things and meets a lot of people we never hear about in other Roman sources. Apuleius’ Golden Ass is a tour of the Roman Empire far away from polite society, but funny and beautifully written.
Reading and discussing the different chapters will give us the opportunity to look at what we really know about Roman life in the provinces and eventually find out, what happens to the donkey.

Both the text and the translation are available online and we will offer the course either as a chance to do some translation work for advanced Latin scholar or by working from the translation – the choice is yours.

The course will provide you with the text and an outline of the course and expect you to have read the next chapter before the weekly Skype/Webex session. (both can be downloaded for free for PC/Mac/Android).

Apuleius’ Golden Ass in English:

This course will be taught online using Cisco Webex (which allows for slides and for a full hour of teaching). An invitation to the lecture will be sent and a copy of the English text can be found here: https://ia801307.us.archive.org/23/items/TheGoldenAss_201509/TheGoldenAsspenguinClassics-Apuleius.pdf.

Course details:
9 April:    Apuleius – Who was he and where did he come from
16 April: Book One and Two: Lucius gets into trouble
23 April: Book Three: Lucius transformed
30 April:  Book 4: Lucius with the Robbers
7 May: Book 5 and 6: The tale of Cupid and Psyche
14 May: Book 7: Escape!
21 May:  Book 8: Life with the wandering Syrian priests.
28 May: Book 9:  Life at the Mill
4 June:  Book 10: Life with the Travelling Circus
11 June: Book 11: Isis and the Happy End.

The lectures can be attended individually or as a full set.

Translating Apuleius’ Golden Ass from Latin

If you intend to study the Golden Ass through Latin, please ensure that your Latin is good enough. It certainly would be useful if you had a English-Latin dictionary. This can, however, be found online . The Latin text can be found here: https://www.thelatinlibrary.com/apuleius.html. 

The translation group will be beginning with Book 5, 11-24.

Please indicate, when booking if you are familiar with Skype or Facetime, or if you prefer normal 50 minute telephone calls.

Mondays:  2-3 pm  starting 6 April 2020 (Taught through Latin) using Skype
Thursdays: 2-3 pm starting 9 April 2020  (Taught through English) using Cisco Webex.

or by arrangement for 1-1 classes (please, contact Birgitta Hoffmann by email or phone to discuss this)

For 1-1 course:

Price Concessions Minimum No. Maximum No.
£15/session or £145 for the entire course * 1 1

For groups from 2-4:

Price Concessions Minimum No. Maximum No.
£13/session or £120 for the entire course. * 2 8

*If you feel that you cannot afford this, but would really like to learn Latin or about the Ancient World, please get in touch to discuss options. 

To book, complete the MANCENT booking form and send it with payment to the address below. If you would like to pay via BACS or Paypal please contact Birgitta Hoffmann for details.
Birgitta Hoffmann
55 Broadwalk, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5PL
email: latinteacher@btinternet.com mobile: 07747 533 070


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