By Ahuvia Kahane, Andrew Laird
The Prologue of Apuleius' leading edge novel, the Metamorphoses (or Golden Ass), has captivated readers and students from the Renaissance to the current day. This quantity encompasses a new textual content and translation of the Prologue and a variety of essays which spotlight its value for college kids of Classical literature and sleek literary conception.
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The culturally homogenous group that made up the audience for poetry, by its mere presence, exercised a control over the appropriateness of the content and formal expressions of the poetic text in relation to the occasion. This appropriateness was, in my view, the sum total of the rules of which Rossi spoke; rules shared by poet and audience alike that did not need to be stated explicitly. 1. 8 Rossi 1971. On this topic see also Maehler 1963. Submerged Literature in an Oral Culture | 25 was implicit, since its power was the cultural homogeneity of both poet and audience.
Although canons may be established for several reasons, the selective approach to texts correlates highly with times of historical crisis. In Jewish history, for instance, the institution of the so-called canon of Jamnia, in ca. 95 CE, followed the destruction of Jerusalem by only a few years. The earliest Greek canon not to have been motivated by the need to preserve texts for performance is the triad of Attic tragedians, first attested in Aristophanes’ Frogs. The comedy was performed in 405 BCE, at a time in which Athens, worn by thirty years of warfare, was on the verge of succumbing to Sparta.
1. : Aristotle). The instance of Demosthenes is slightly different, in so far as the corpus of his works was formed at his own library (which also included the orations of collaborators and adversaries) through the offices of his nephew Demochares. Quite at the opposite end, as we have seen, the corpus of Lysias took shape on booksellers’ stalls and prodigally embraced several anepigraphic orations. Beyond selecting genres, authors, and individual works, the schools of rhetoric promoted other forms of canonization.
A Companion to the Prologue to Apuleius' Metamorphoses by Ahuvia Kahane, Andrew Laird