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Facets of Apuleius’ Golden Ass in the Brotherton Collection at Leeds

Adlington 1903c
Resource exploring aspects of The Golden Ass of Apuleius, through works from the Brotherton Collection in Leeds University Library, Special Collections.
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Resource exploring aspects of The Golden Ass of Apuleius, through works from the Brotherton Collection in Leeds University Library, Special Collections.
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Apuleius Opera 1588
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Philander 1749
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Voltaire 1762a
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Adlington 1903b
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Butler 1922
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Boccaccio 1511
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Minturno
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LockPsyche1
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Shadwell Psyche 1
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De la Fontaine, Les Amours de Psyche, 1814
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Beaumont, Psyche, 1702
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Urfey
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Mary Tighe, Psyche, 1812
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Christoph Wieland, Fragments of Psyche, 1
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William Morris, Earthly Paradise, 1
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William Morris, Zephyrus
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Mattison Morris 2
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Robert Bridges, Eros and Psyche, 1885
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Laprade, Psyche, 1
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Edward Carpenter, Eros and Psyche, 1900
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Walter Pater, Marius, 1
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Falla, Psyche, 1
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Louys, Psyche, 1
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This slideshow is an introduction to the wide-ranging reception of Apuleius in the holdings of the Brotherton Library. It is intended as a snapshot which guides the reader through many centuries, languages, and types of reception, and more items will be added to it in due course.

Apuleius’ tale of Cupid and Psyche has been popular with readers throughout the centuries, readers who themselves produced their own responses to and versions of the story. Often treated as a standalone text, Cupid and Psyche has given rise to treatments as diverse as plays, masques, operas, poems, sculptures, paintings and novels, with a huge range of diverse approaches to the text. They range from philosophical and religious explanations of the story on one side, to erotic fiction on the other.

The resource was curated by Dr Regine May, and includes some well-known and some lesser known examples of these works.

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