Project: Metamorphoses Book 9: 12-13

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[ 12 ] at subita sectae commutatione risum tote coetu commoveram . Iamque maxima diei parte transacta defectum alioquin me , helcio sparteo dimoto , nexu machinae liberatum applicant praesepio . At ego quamquam eximie fatigatus et refectione virium vehementer indiguus et prorsus fame perditus , tamen familiari curiositate attonitus et satis anxius , postposito cibo qui copiosus aderat , inoptabilis officinae disciplinam cum delectatione quadam arbitrabar . Dii boni ! Quales illic homunculi vibicibus lividis totam cutem depicti dorsumque plagosum scissili centunculo magis inumbrati quam obtecti , nonnulli exiguo tegili tantum modo pubem inlecti , cuncti tamen sic tunicati ut essent per pannulos manifesti , frontes litterati et capillum semirasi et pedes annulati , tum lurore deformes et fumosis tenebris vaporosae caliginis palpebras adesi atque adeo male luminati , et in modum pugilum , [ p . 420 ] qui pulvisculo perspersi dimicant , farinulenta cinere [ 13 ] sordide candidati . Iam de meo iumentario contubernio quid vel ad quem modum memorem ? Quales illi muli senes vel cantherii debiles ! Circa praesepium capita demersi contruncabant moles palearum , cervices cariosa vulnerum putredine follicantes , nares languidas assiduo pulsu tussedinis hiulei , pectora copulae sparteae tritura continua exulcerati , costas perpetua castigatione ossium tenus renudati , ungulas multivia circumcursione in enorme vestigium porrecti totumque corium veterno atque scabiosa macie exasperati . Talis familiae funestum mihi etiam metuens exemplum veterisque Lucii fortunam recordatus et ad ultimam salutis metam detrusus summisso capite maerebam . Nec ullum uspiam cruciabilis vitae solacium aderat , nisi quod ingenita mihi curiositate recreabar dum praesentiam meam parvi facientes libere quae volunt omnes et agunt et loquuntur . Nec immerito priscae poeticae divinus auctor apud Graios summae prudentiae virum monstrare cupiens multarum civitatum obitu et variorum populorum cognitu summas adeptum virtutes cecinit : nam et ipse gratas gratias asino meo memini , quod me suo celatum tegmine variisque fortunis exercitatum , etsi minus
swiftly performed the circuits prescribed , raising a howl of laughter at my sudden change of heart .
When the day was mostly past , and I was weary , they un-harnessed me , removed my collar , and tied me to the manger . Though I was utterly exhausted , urgently in need of restoring my strength , and almost dead from hunger , still my usual sense of curiosity kept me upright with its nagging : I neglected the pile of fodder , and was pleased to watch the life of that detestable mill .
You blessed gods , what a pack of dwarves those workers were , their skins striped with livid welts , their seamed backs half-visible through the ragged shirts they wore ; some with loin-cloths but all revealing their bodies under their clothes ; foreheads branded , heads half-shaved , and feet chained together . They were wretchedly sallow too , their eyes so bleary from the scorching heat of that smoke-filled darkness , they could barely see , and like wrestlers sprinkled with dust before a fight , they were coarsely whitened with floury ash .
As for my fellow-creatures , what a sight ! How to describe their state ? Those senile mules and worn-out geldings drooped their heads over the manger as they munched their heaps of chaff ; necks bent and covered with vile running sores , flabby nostrils distended from endless wheezing , and their chests raw from the constant friction of the harness . Their flanks were cut to the bone from relentless whipping , their hooves distorted to strange dimensions from the repetitive circling , and their whole hide blotched by mange and hollowed by starvation .
The sorry lot of my companions made me fear for myself and , recalling the fortunate Lucius I once was , now lost in degradation , I bowed my head in mourning . There was only the one consolation for my sad existence , in that everyone freely did and said whatever they wished in my worthless presence , and so my natural curiosity had revived . Homer , that divine creator of ancient poetry among the Greeks , desiring to depict a hero of the highest intellect , rightly chose to sing of Odysseus whose powers were refined by seeing many cities and knowing the minds of many men . And I now remember the ass I was with infinite gratitude since concealed in his hide , and meeting with those ups and downs of fortune , gave me all sorts of knowledge , even though I was less than wise . Thus , here comes a tale , better than many another and sweetly presented , which I’ve decided to offer to your hearing . And away we go .
12 . My instant conversion made the whole crowd laugh out loud . Near the day’s end , when I was practically finished off , they undid my twig-plaited horse collar , untied me from the machine , and tethered me at the manger . But you know me : though I was out and out exhausted , desperately needing to restore my strength , and downright devastated from hunger , nevertheless my habitual curiosity kept me keyed up and staring around . I put off any attention to my food , which lay plentifully before me , and with a certain titillation contemplated the conduct of this unappealing manufactory . Good gods , what sorry excuses for human beings I saw . The pale welts from chains crossed every patch of their skin like brush-strokes . Their flogged-up backs under sparse patchwork were no better covered than stretches of ground that shade falls on . Some of them had thrown on an exiguous vestiture , which extended only to the loins , yet all were clad so that their scraps of tatters kept no secrets . Their foreheads were inscribed with brands , their hair half-shaved , their ankles braceleted with fetters , their pallor hideous , their eyelids gnawed by the gloomy smoke of the murky fumes , which left them less able to access light at all . Like boxers who fight bathed in fine dust , these men were filthy white with floury ash . 13 . And the beastly barracksful I now belonged to—what can I tell you ? How would I put it ? They were just indescribable , the ancient mules and the broken-down geldings gathered around the manger , their heads submerged as they demolished masses of chaff , the skin on their necks loose as bellows leather from rotting , running wounds , their nostrils battered , by ceaseless coughing , into flaccid , yawning chasms , their chests covered in sores from the unending gouging of rush ropes , their ribs laid bare—bare to the bone—by perpetual chastisements , their hooves splayed to cover a grotesque amount of ground as a result of those multitudinous circular coursings , and their entire hides rough with inveterate dirt and mangy starvation . Such a funereal troupe of slaves made me fear a precedent for my own fate . I remembered the previous , fortunate Lucius , who was now driven to the end of all hope , and I hung my head in mourning . Nor was there any consolation to be had for this life of torment except through my innate curiosity : only this could revive my spirits . But what opportunities , in that all the people , barely noticing I was there , did and said whatever they felt like and never gave it a thought . It was not for nothing that early on among the Greeks , when the godlike originator of poetry wished to illustrate a really superior intelligence , he sang about a man’s visiting many cities and getting to know various races , through which experiences he attained the highest excellence . I can now even feel a gracious gratitude toward my past as an ass because while his form was my secure covert , I could be drilled in many different contingencies and rendered well rounded , if not wise .

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Project: Metamorphoses Book I: 3

Anna Chapman Raditz /
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[ 3 ] At ille qui coeperat : " Ne " inquit " istud mendacium tam verum est quam siqui velit dicere magico susurramine amnes agiles reverti , mare pigrum conligari , ventos inanimes exspirare , solem inhiberi , lunam despumari , stellas evelli , diem tolli , noctem teneri . " Tunc ego in verba fidentior : " Heus tu " inquam " qui sermonem ieceras priorem , ne pigeat te vel taedeat reliqua pertexere " , et ad alium : " Tu vero crassis auribus et obstinato corde respuis quae forsitan vere perhibeantur . Minus hercule calles pravissimis opinionibus ea putari mendacia quae vel auditu nova vel visu rudia vel certe supra captum cogitationis ardua videantur ; quae si paulo accuratius exploraris , non modo compertu evidentia verum etiam factu facilia senties .
But the man who spoke first said , " If you told me that a whispered spell could make the swiftest rivers flow backwards , turn the sea into something too lazy to swell , force the winds to breathe out their last breath , stop the sun right in its tracks , wipe the shine off of the moon , pluck out the stars from the sky , kidnap the day , and stretch out the night—if you told me all that , I’d believe it exactly as much as I believe those lies of yours . " More confident than before , I spoke up again . " Hey , you , " I said , pointing to the one who had already begun his story . " Don’t get fed up or bored , finish it for me . " To the doubter , I said , " As for you , your ears are filled with mud . It’s with a stubborn heart that you reject what very well could be true . By Hercules , you’re not that bright to have these depraved opinions , thinking everything is a lie , even if the things sound strange to your ears , look like a heap of codswallop , or seem too lofty to grasp . If you would just look a little more carefully , you would see for yourself that not only are such things easy to find , they are even easy to do . "
But this speaker I just quoted interposed : " I kid you not , " he said . That fairytale of his is essentially a claim that hocus-pocus mumbo-jumbo makes bounding box reverse their course , that the sea can be tied up and all but immobilized , that winds can have the wind knocked out of them even though they’re inanimate , that the sun is held back from the rising , the moon has it dew drained out , the stars are ripped from the sky , daylight’s snatched away , and night’s clamp in place . "
But this only increased my insurance , and I said , come on , you who are speaking of four : I hope it’s not too annoying or tedious to round out the narrative . Turning to the other , I continued , you , on the other hand have got stopped up ears and are totally closed mind . You spit back in his face when might be a true story . By Hercules , it’s not douche rude of you to through the weight of your bigotry around this way , Collin lies whatever’s new to your ears or unfamiliar to your eyes , or maybe just seems too steep for your thinking to grapple app onto you . If you inquire but this only increased my assurance , and I said , come on , you who are speaking before : I hope it’s not too annoying or tedious to round out the narrative . Turning to the other , I continued , " You , on the other hand have got stopped up years and are totally closed mind . You spit back in his face what might be a true story . By Hercules , it’s not too shrewd of you to throw the weight of your bigotry around this way , calling lies whatever’s new to your ears or unfamiliar to your eyes , or maybe just seems too steep for your thinking to grapple up onto . If you inquired in a little more detail , you’d find that these things are not only authenticated on the evidence but actually easy to do .

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Apuleius, Book X; paragraph 3

Georgia E Martin /
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Ergo igitur impatientia furoris altius agitata diutinum rupit silentium et ad se vocari praecipit filium : quod nomen in eo , si posset , ne ruboris admoneretur , libente eraderet . Nec adulescens aegrae parentis moratus imperium , senili tristitie striatam gerens frontem cubiculum petit , uxori patris matrique fratris utcumque debitum sistens obsequium . Sed illa cruciabili silentio diutissime fatigata , et ut in quodam vado dubitationis haerens , omne verbum quod praesenti sermoni putabat aptissimum rursum improbans mi tante etiam nunc pudore , unde potissimum caperet exordium decunctatur . At iuvenis nihil etiam tunc sequius suspicatus , summisso vultu rogat ultro praesentes causas aegritudinis . Tunc illa nancta solii tudinis damnosam occasionem , prorumpit in audaciam , et ubertim allacrimans laciniaque contegens faciem voce trepida sic eum breviter affatur : Causa omnis et origo praesentis doloris et etiam medela ipsa et salus unica mihi tute ipse es : isti enim tui oculi per meos oculos ad intima delapsi praecordia meis medullis acerrimum commovent incendium . Ergo miserere tua causa pereuntis nec te religio patris omnino deterreat , cui morituram prorsus servabis uxorem : illius enim recognoscens imaginem in tua ; facie merito te diligo . Habes solitudinis plenam

She became more and more agitated by her unbearable ardour , until at last breaking her long silence she summoned to her side this ‘son’ whom she would gladly have called by another name to spare her sense of shame . The youth responded at once to his stepmother’s request , entering the patient’s bedroom , with as anxious a brow as some melancholy old man , but only out of courtesy to his father’s wife and brother’s mother . She , long tormented and harassed by her secret , was now however aground on a shoal of doubt . Every time she grasped at a phrase appropriate for the moment at hand , she rejected it again ; and even as her feelings of shame abated , she still hesitated as to how to begin her speech . But the youth it was who took the lead , suspecting nothing , with a respectful look asking the cause of her present illness . As they were alone she seized the moment to speak with dangerous boldness , and weeping floods of tears , hiding her face with the hem of her robe , she addressed him briefly in a quivering voice :
‘The whole root and origin of my present illness , as well as my only hope of cure and recovery , is you yourself . Those eyes of yours penetrated my eyes , and plunged to the depths of my heart , and set the fiercest flames burning in my marrow . Take pity on one who dies because of you , and don’t be concerned by your respect for your father , for his wife is at death’s door and you can save her for him . I am right to love you since I see his likeness in your face . And have no fear , we are alone , and there is time enough for what is needed . What none know of has scarcely happened .
So there you have it . Her insupportable insanity was shaking her to the core , and at long last she broke her silence and ordered her stepson to be summoned before her—she would have loved to expunge the " son " part , that shameful reminder , from any reference to him . The young man lost no time in complying with his sick parent’s command . His forehead was grooved with a sadness far beyond his years as he headed for the bedroom to attend dutifully to his father’s wife and brother’s mother . But the wife’s silence had plagued her so excruciatingly and so mercilessly that now her boat was stuck in the shallows of doubt , so to speak . She ended up rejecting every word she had at first thought perfect for the matter at hand . Her honor was going to come crashing down at any moment , but here she still was , at a dead loss for the right preamble . But even at this moment , the youth didn’t suspect any sort of shady business . His expression was demure as he began the conversation by asking , with a deferential expression on his face , about her present indisposition . She now seized the baneful opportunity offered by this private conference and let go of any vestige of self-control . Weeping abundantly and covering her face in her garment , she addressed him a few words in a timid voice .
" The entire cause , the sole source of my present agony , and at the same time the one lifesaving remedy , is yourself and no other . A glance from your eyes has slipped into my eyes , sunk down into my heart’s inmost recesses , and set off a conflagration that rages through my marrow . Have pity , then , on someone who is perishing because of you . Don’t let reverent regard for your father deter you , for you’ll do nothing short of saving his dying wife . You can understand my affection for you , as , for me , your face is like a picture of him . And right now you have the complete reassurance that comes from being alone with me—as well as enough time to do what needs doing . When nobody knows about something , it’s practically not happening . "

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Apuleius, Metamorphoses 5.1-5.3

Camden Adams /
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Psyche teneris et herbosis locis in ipso toro roscidi graminis suave recubans , tanta mentis perturbatione sedata , dulce conquievit . Iamque sufficienti recreata somno placido resurgit animo : videt lucum proceris et vastis arboribus consitum , videt fontem vitreo latice perlucidum medio luci meditullio . Prope fontis allapsum domus regia est , aedificata non humanis manibus sed divinis artibus : iam scies ab introitu primo dei cuiuspiam luculentum et amoenum videre te diversorium . Nam summa laquearia , citro et ebore curiose cavata , subeunt aureae columnae , parietes omnes argenteo caelamine conteguntur , bestiis et id genus pecudibus occurrentibus ob os introeuntium . Mirus prorsum homo , immo semideus vel certe deus , qui magnae artis subtilitate tantum efferavit argentum : enimvero pavimenta ipsa lapide pretioso caesim deminuto in varia picturae genera discriminantur : vehementer iterum ac saepius beatos illos qui super gemmas et monilia calcant ! Iam ceterae partes longelateque dispositae domus sine pretio pretiosae totique parietes solidati massis aureis splendore proprio coruscant , ut diem suum sibi domus faciat licet sole nolente ; sic cubicula , sic porticus , sic ipsae valvae fulgurant . Nec setius opes ceterae maiestati domui respondent , ut equidem illud recte videatur ad conversationem humanam magno Iovi fabricatum caeleste palatium .

Invitata Psyche talium locorum oblectatione propius accessit et paulo fidentior intra limen sese facit , mox prolectante studio pulcherrimae visionis rimatur singula et altrinsecus aedium horrea sublimi fabrica perfecta magnisque congesta gazis conspicit ; nec est quicquam quod ibi non est : sed praeter ceteram tantarum divitiarum admirationem hoc erat praecipue mirificum , quod nullo vinculo , nullo claustro nullo custode totius orbis thesaurus ille muniebatur Haec ei summa cum voluptate visenti offert sese vox quaedam corporis sui nuda , et ‘Quid , inquit Domina , tantis obstupescis opibus ? Tua sunt haec omnia . prohinc cubiculo te refer , et lectulo lassitudinem refove , et ex arbitrio lavacrum pete . Nos quarum voces accipis , tuae famulae ; sedulo tibi praeministrabimus nec corporis curatae tibi regales epulae morabuntur .

Sensit Psyche divinae providentiae beatitudinem monitusque , voces informes audiens , et prius somno et mox lavacro fatigationem sui diluit , visoque statim proximo semirotundo suggestu , propter instrumentum [ p . 204 ] cenatorium rata refectui suo commodum , libens accumbit . Et illico vini nectarei eduliumque variorum fercula copiosa , nullo serviente sed tantum spiritui quodam impulsa , subministrantur : nec quemquam tamen illa videre poterat , sed verba tantum audiebat excidentia et solas voces famulas habebat . Post opimas dapes quidam introcessit et cantavit invisus et alius citharam pulsavit , quae videbatur nec ipsa : tunc . modulatae multitudinis conferta vox aures eius affertur , ut , quamvis hominum nemo pareret , chorus tamen esse pateret .
Psyche , pleasantly reclining in that grassy place on a bed of dew-wet grass , free of her mental perturbation , fell peacefully asleep , and when she was sufficiently refreshed by slumber , rose , feeling calm . She saw a grove planted with great , tall trees ; she saw a glittering fount of crystal water .

At the very centre of the grove beside the flowing stream was a regal palace , not made by human hands , but built by divine art . You knew from the moment you entered you were viewing the splendid shining residence of a god . There were coffered ceilings , exquisitely carved from ivory and citron-wood supported on golden pillars ; the walls were covered with relief-work in silver , wild beasts in savage herds met your gaze as you reached the doorway . They were the work of some eminent master , or a demigod or god perhaps , who with the subtlety of great art had made creatures all of silver . Even the floors were of mosaic , pictures patterned from precious stones cut into tiny tiles . Blessed twice over or more are those who tread on shining jewels and gems ! The length and breadth of the rest of the house was equally beyond price , the walls constructed of solid gold gleaming with their own brilliance , so that even without the sun’s rays the house shone like day . The rooms , the colonnades , the very doorposts glowed . And every other feature matched the house in magnificence , so you would have thought , rightly , that this was a heavenly palace made for Jove to use on his visits to the world .

Seduced by the attractions of this lovely place Psyche moved closer and , gaining confidence , dared to cross the threshold . Now her desire to gaze on all these beautiful things led her to examine every object closely . On the far side of the palace she found storerooms made with noble skill , heaped to the roof with mounds of treasure . All that existed was there . And beyond her amazement at the vast quantities of riches , she was especially startled to find not a lock , or bolt or chain to defend this treasure-house of all the world . As she looked around her , in rapturous delight , a bodiless voice spoke to her : " Lady , why are you so surprised at all this vast wealth ? All that is here is yours . So retire to your room , and ease your weariness on the bed , and when you wish you can bathe . The voices you may hear are those of your servants , we who wait on you willingly , and when your body is refreshed we will be ready with a feast . "

Psyche felt blessed by divine providence , and obeying the guidance of the disembodied voice , eased her weariness with sleep and then a bath . Nearby she found a semi-circular table , and judging from the dinner setting that it was meant for her , she promptly sat down to wait . Instantly trays loaded with food and cups of nectar appeared , without trace of servants , they were wafted and set before her as though by a breath of air . No one was visible , but words could be heard from somewhere , her waiters were merely voices . And after a sumptuous meal , someone invisible came and sang , and someone played a lyre , invisible too . And there came to her ears the interweaving melodies of some large throng , some invisible choir .
In this soft grassy spot Psyche lay pleasantly reclining on her bed of dewy turf and , her great disquiet of mind soothed , fell sweetly asleep . Presently , refreshed by a good rest , she rose with her mind at ease . What she now saw was a park planted with big tall trees and a spring of crystal-clear water . In the very centre of the garden , by the outflow of the spring , a palace had been built , not by human hands but by a divine craftsman . Directly you entered you knew that you were looking at the pleasure-house of some god–so splendid and delightful it was . For the coffering of the ceiling was of citron-wood and ivory artfully carved , and the columns supporting it were of gold ; all the walls were covered in embossed silver , with wild beasts and other animals confronting the visitor on entering . Truly , whoever had so skilfully imparted animal life to all that silver was a miracle-worker or a demigod or indeed a god ! Furthermore , the very floors were divided up into different kinds of pictures in mosaic of precious stones : twice indeed and more than twice marvellously happy those who walk on gems and jewellery ! As far and wide as the house extended , every part of it was likewise of inestimable price . All the walls , which were built of solid blocks of gold , shone with their own brilliance , so that the house furnished its own daylight , sun or no sun ; such was the radiance of the rooms , the colonnades , the very doors . The rest of the furnishings matched the magnificence of the building , so that it would seem fair to say that great Jove had built himself a heavenly palace to dwell among mortals .

Drawn on by the delights of this place , Psyche approached and , becoming a little bolder , crossed the threshold ; then , allured by her joy in the beautiful spectacle , she examined all the details . On the far side of the palace she discovered lofty storehouses crammed with rich treasure ; there is nothing that was not there . But in addition to the
wonder that such wealth could exist , what was most astonishing was that this vast treasure of the entire world was not secured by a single lock , bolt , or guard . As she gazed at all this with much pleasure there came to her a disembodied voice : ‘Mistress , you need not be amazed at this great wealth . All of it is yours . Enter then your bedchamber , sleep off your fatigue , and go to your bath when you are minded . We whose voices you hear are your attendants who will diligently wait on you ; and when you have refreshed yourself .

a royal banquet will not be slow to appear for you . Psyche recognized her happy estate as sent by divine Providence , and obeying the instructions of the bodiless voice she dispelled her weariness first with sleep and then with a bath . There immediately appeared before her a semicircular seat ; seeing the table laid she understood that this provision was for her entertainment and gladly took her place . Instantly course after course of wine like nectar and of different kinds of food was placed before her , with no servant to be seen but everything wafted as it were on the wind . She could see no one but merely heard the words that were uttered , and her waiting maids were nothing but voices to her . When the rich feast was over , there entered an invisible singer , and another performed on a lyre , itself invisible . This was succeeded by singing in concert , and though not a soul was to be seen , there was evidently a whole choir present .

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metamorphoses Book 1 Ch. 1-3

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At ego tibi sermone isto Milesio varias fabulas conseram auresque tuas benivolas lepido susurro permulceam , modo si papyrum Aegyptiam argutia Nilotici calami inscriptam non spreveris inspicere , figuras fortunasque hominum in alias imagines conversas et in se rursum mutuo nexu refectas , ut mireris . Exordior . Quis ille ? Paucis accipe . Hymettos Attica et Isthmos Ephyraea et Taenaros Spartiaca , glebae felices aeternum libris felicioribus conditae , mea vetus prosapia est : ibi linguam Attidem primis pueritiae stipendiis merui . Mox in urbe Latia advena studiorum , Quiritium indigenam sermonem aerumnabili labore , nullo magistro praeeunte , aggressus excolui . En ecce praefamur veniam , si quid exotici ac forensis sermonis rudis
locutor offendero . Iam haec equidem ipsa vocis immutatio desultoriae scientiae stilo quem accessimus respondet . Fabulam Graecanicam incipimus : lector intende ; laetaberis .
Thessaliam , nam et illic originis maternae nostrae fundamenta a Plutarcho illo inclito ac mox Sexto philosopho nepote eius prodita gloriam nobis faciunt , eam Thessaliam ex negotio petebam . Postquam ardua montium et lubrica vallium et roscida caespitum et glebosa camporum emensi , me equo indigena peralbo vehens eo quoque admodum fesso , ut ipse etiam fatigationem sedentariam incessus vegetatione discuterem , in pedes desilio , equi sudorem a fronte curiose exfrico , aures remulceo , frenos detraho , in gradum lenem sensim proveho , quoad lassitudinis incommodum alui solitum ac naturale praesidium eliquaret . Ac dum is , ientaculum ambulatorium , prata quae praeterit ore in latus detorto pronus affectat , duobus comitum , qui forte paululum processerant , tertium me facio . Ac dum ausculto quid sermonis agitarent , alter exerto cachinno Parce inquit In verba ista haec tam absurda tamque immania mentiendo . Isto accepto sititor alioquin novitatis Immo vero inquam Impertite sermonis non quidem curiosum , sed qui velim scire vel cuncta
vel certe plurima : simul iugi quod insurgimus aspritudinem fabularum lepida incunditas levigabit .
At ille qui coeperat , Ne inquit Istud mendacium tam verum est , quam si quis velit dicere magico susurramine amnes agiles reverti , mare pigrum colligari , ventos inanimes exspirare ; solem inhiberi , lunam despumari , stellas evelli , diem tolli , noctem teneri . Tunc ego in verba fidentior heus tu inquam Qui sermonem ieceras priorem , ne pigeat te vel taedeat reliqua pertexere , et ad alium Tu vero crassis auribus et obstinato corde respuis quae forsitan vere perhibeantur . Minus Hercule calles pravissimis opinionibus ea putari mendacia , quae vel auditu nova vel visu rudia vel certe supra captum cogitationis ardua videantur ; quae si paulo accuratius exploraris , non modo compertu evidentia , verum etiam factu facilia senties .
Now ! I’d like to string together various tales in the Milesian style , and charm your kindly ear with seductive murmurs , so long as you’re ready to be amazed at human forms and fortunes changed radically and then restored in turn in mutual exchange , and don’t object to reading Egyptian papyri , inscribed by a sly reed from the Nile .
I’ll begin . Who am I ? I’ll tell you briefly . Hymettus near Athens ; the Isthmus of Corinth ; and Spartan Mount Taenarus , happy soil more happily buried forever in other books , that’s my lineage . There as a lad I served in my first campaigns with the Greek tongue . Later , in Rome , freshly come to Latin studies I assumed and cultivated the native language , without a teacher , and with a heap of pains . So there ! I beg your indulgence in advance if as a crude performer in the exotic speech of the Forum I offend . And in truth the very fact of a change of voice will answer like a circus rider’s skill when needed . We’re about to embark on a Greek tale . Reader , attend : and find delight .
Thessaly where the roots of my mother’s family add to my glory , in the famous form of Plutarch , and later his nephew , Sextus the philosopher Thessaly is where I was off to on business . Emerging from perilous mountain tracks , and slithery valley ones , and damp meadows and muddy fields , riding a pure-white local nag , he being fairly tired and to chase away my own fatigue from endless sitting with the labour of walking , I dismounted . I rubbed the sweat from his forehead , carefully , stroked his ears , loosed his bridle , and led him slowly along at a gentle pace , till the usual and natural remedy of grazing eliminated the inconvenience of his lassitude . While he was at his mobile breakfast , the grass he passed , contorting his head from side to side , I made a third to two travellers who chanced to be a little way ahead . As I tried to hear what they were saying , one of them burst out laughing : " Stop telling such absurd and monstrous lies ! "
Hearing this , and my thirst for anything new being what it is , I said : " Oh do let me share your conversation . I’m not inquisitive but I love to
know everything , or at least most things . Besides , the charm of a pleasant tale will lighten the pain of this hill we’re climbing . "
But the one who’d laughed merely went on : " Now that story was about as true as if you’d said magic spells can make rivers flow backwards , chain the sea , paralyze the wind , halt the sun , squeeze dew from the moon , disperse the stars , banish day , and lengthen night ! "
Here I spoke out more boldly : " Don’t be annoyed , you who began the tale ; don’t weary of spinning out the rest . " And to the other " You with your stubborn mind and cloth ears might be rejecting something true . By Hercules , it’s not too clever if wrong opinion makes you judge as false what seems new to the ear , or strange to the eye , or too hard for the intellect to grasp , but which on closer investigation proves not only true , but even obvious . I last night , competing with friends at dinner , took too large a mouthful of cheese polenta . That soft and glutinous food stuck in my throat , blocked my windpipe , and I almost died . Yet at Athens , not long ago , in front of the Painted Porch , I saw a juggler swallow a sharp-edged cavalry sword with its lethal blade , and later I saw the same fellow , after a little donation , ingest a spear , death-dealing end downwards , right to the depth of his guts : and all of a sudden a beautiful boy swarmed up the wooden bit of the upside-down weapon , where it rose from throat to brow , and danced a dance , all twists and turns , as if he’d no muscle or spine , astounding everyone there . You’d have said he was that noble snake that clings with its slippery knots to Asclepius’ staff , the knotty one he carries with the half sawn-off branches . But do go on now , you who started the tale , tell it again . I’ll believe you , not like him , and invite to you to dinner with me at the first tavern we come to after reaching town : there’s your guaranteed reward . "
" What you promise , " he said , " is fair and just , and I’ll repeat what I left unfinished . But first I swear to you , by the all-seeing god of the Sun , I’m speaking things I know to be true ; and you’ll have no doubt when you arrive at the next Thessalian town and find the story on everyone’s lips of a happening in plain daylight . But first so you know who I am , I’m from Aegium . And here’s how I make my living : I deal in cheese and honey , all that sort of innkeeper’s stuff , travelling here and there through Boeotia , Aetolia , Thessaly . So when I learned that at Hypata , Thessaly’s most important town , some fresh cheese with a fine flavour was being sold at a very good price , I rushed there , in a hurry to buy the lot . But as usual I
went left foot first , and my hopes of a profit were dashed . A wholesale dealer called Lupus had snapped it up the day before . So , exhausted after my useless chase , I started to walk to the baths as Venus began to shine . "
I’m thinking I’ll tell these stories to you in that Milesian style—you know , those
romping , boisterous tales in which I can plant so many things . I’ll please your kind ears with a charming whisper . . . but soft ! if only you would not scorn to acknowledge the Egyptian papyrus , inscribed with the silver-tongued wit that springs up by the reeds of the Nile ! I’ll show you the figures and fates of men transformed into other shapes , only to be later turned back into themselves . These chains of events will leave you bound to the page , astounded .
And so I begin .
But who am I ? Allow me to briefly introduce myself . My ancestors are from Athens and Sparta and everywhere in between—Hymettus , Epherea , and Taenaros , as the natives say— living on fruitful lumps of land long since buried in books , which far surpass the land in prosperity . It was there that I marched off to school , soldiering through lesson after lesson , and in my service I became fluent in Greek .
And lo ! Before the lapsing of too many years , I went to the Latin city , a stranger of all things Quirinal , and , without a teacher no less , cultivated my skills in that tongue , as you can see . I mention this and beg your pardon , for I may wind up speaking in my foreign idioms or lapse into the rough language of the street . My ability to leap from language to language like a vaulter flies from horse to horse at the circus calls me to this story . So let us begin our Greekified fable .
Pay attention , dear reader . You’ll enjoy the show .
I was going to Thessaly—my mother is from Thessaly , by the way , and she’s descended
from Plutarch , you know , the famous biographer , and not to mention his grandson , the philosopher Sextus of Chaeronea , and they made our family famous—anyways , I was on my way to Thessaly for a business trip . I surpassed the heights of the mountains , the crumbling paths of the valleys , the dewy parts of the pastures , and the clumpy furrows of the fields , riding on my native , pure-white horse . We were both exhausted , my horse and I , he from the journey and me from sitting ; so , now that we had passed through the thick vegetation , I jumped down to shake off my weariness . I carefully wiped my horse’s sweaty forehead , stroked his ears , took off his bridle , and slowly led him at a gentle pace , until nature could restore his weary troubles and his empty belly , as it usually did . Meanwhile , he found his breakfast while we walked , leaning toward the fields we passed with his mouth turned to the side .
By chance , we found ourselves walking a little ways near two companions , and I joined their little group . I listened to the conversation they were having , and one of the men , erupting with a deep guffaw , said , " That’s enough already , what you’re telling me is absurd , nothing but enormous lies . "
Since I’m always thirsting for such a tale—or really , for any peculiarity—I said , " Oh , come now , tell me your story . It’s not that I’m prying , but I’m just the kind of guy who wants to know everything , or at least as much as I can . Not to mention , a delightful anecdote will ease our difficult climb up this big hill we’re coming to . "
But the man who spoke first said , " If you told me that a whispered spell could make the 1 . 3 swiftest rivers flow backwards , turn the sea into something too lazy to swell , force the winds to breathe out their last breath , stop the sun right in its tracks , wipe the shine off of the moon ,
pluck out the stars from the sky , kidnap the day , and stretch out the night—if you told me all
that , I’d believe it exactly as much as I believe those lies of yours . "
More confident than before , I spoke up again . " Hey , you , " I said , pointing to the one who had already begun his story . " Don’t get fed up or bored , finish it for me . " To the doubter , I said , " As for you , your ears are filled with mud . It’s with a stubborn heart that you reject what very well could be true . By Hercules , you’re not that bright to have these depraved opinions , thinking everything is a lie , even if the things sound strange to your ears , look like a heap of codswallop , or seem too lofty to grasp . If you would just look a little more carefully , you would see for yourself that not only are such things easy to find , they are even easy to do . "

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Haec identidem asseverans summa cum trepidatione irrepit cubiculum et pyxidem depromit arcula ; quam ego amplexus ac deosculatus prius , utque mihi prosperis faveret volatibus deprecatus , abiectis propere laciniis totis , avide manus immersi et haurite plusculo uncto corporis mei membra perfricui . Iamque alternis conatibus libratis brachiis in avem similem gestiebam : nec ullae plumulae nec usquam pinnulae , sed plane pili mei crassantur in saetas , sed , cutis tenella duratur in corium et in extimis palmulis [ p . 136 ] perdito numero toti digiti coguntur in singulas ungulas et de spinae meae termino grandis cauda procedit : iam facies enormis et os prolixum et nares hiantes et labiae pendulae , sic et aures immodicis horripilant auctibus ; nec ullum miserae reformationis video solacium nisi quod mihi iam nequeunti


tenere Fotidem natura crescebat . Ac dum salutis inopia cuncta corporis mei considera , non avem mel sed asinum video , querens de facto Fotidis , sed iam humano gestu simul et voce privatus , quod solum poteram , postrema deiecta labia humidis tamen oculis obliquum respiciens ad illam tacitus expostulabam . Quae ubi primum me talem aspexit , percussit faciem suam manibus infestis , et ‘Occisa sum misera’ clamavit : ‘Me trepidatio simul et festinatio fefellit et pyxidum similitudo decepit . Sed bene , quod facilior reformationis huius medela suppeditat ; nam rosis tantum demorsitatis exibis asinum statimque in meum Lucium postliminio redibis . Atque utinam vesperi de more nobis parassem corollas aliquas , ne moram talem patereris vel noctis unius : sed primo diluculo remedium festinabitur tibi .


Sic illa maerebat , ego vero quamquam perfectus asinus et pro Lucio iumentum sensum tamen retinebam humanum . Diu denique ac multum mecum ipse deliberavi an nequissimam facinerosissimamque feminam illam spissis calcibus feriens et mordicus [ p . 138 ] appetens necare deberem : sed ab incepto temerario melior me sententia revocavit , ne morte multata Fotide salutares mihi suppetias rursus extinguerem . Deiecto itaque et quassanti capite ac demussata temporali contumelia durissimo casui meo serviens ad equum illum vectorem meum probissimum in stabulum concedo , ubi alium etiam Milonis quondam hospitis mei asinum stabulantem inveni ; atque ego rebar , si quod inesset mutis animalibus tacitum ac naturale sacramentum , agnitione ac miseratione quadam inductum equum illum meum hospitium ac loca lautia mihi praebiturum : sed pro Iupiter hospitalis et Fidei secreta numina ! Praeclarus ille vector mens cum asino capita conferunt in meamque perniciem illico consentiunt et , verentes scilicet cibariis suis , vix me praesepio videre proximantem ; deiectis auribus iam furentes infestis calcibus insequuntur , et abigor quam procul ab hordeo quod apposueram vesperi meis manibus illi gratissimo famulo .
After repeating the formula several times , she crept nervously upstairs and brought me the box from the chest , which I first clasped and kissed praying it might bring me a fortunate flight . Then I threw off all my clothes , plunged my hand eagerly inside , took a large dollop and smeared my body all over . Then I spread out my arms and flapped them up and down one after the other , trying my best to become a bird , as Pamphile had . No plumage appeared , not a single feather ! Instead the hair on my body turned to bristles , and my soft skin hardened to hide , my fingers and toes merged with hands and feet , squeezing together into individual hooves , and a long tail shot from the tip of my spine . Now my face was enormous , my mouth immense , my nostrils gaped , and my lips hung down . My ears too were ludicrously long and hairy . The only consolation I found in my wretched transformation was that though I could no longer embrace Photis , at least my member had grown .

I examined every part of my body hopelessly , and saw I was no bird but an ass , and wanting to protest at what Photis had done , and finding myself without human voice or gesture , I did the only thing I could , hung my lower lip , looked sideways at her out of moist eyes , and expostulated with her in silence .

On first realising my state , she slapped her head violently with her hands and screamed : ‘I’m done for ! Nervousness and haste have misled me , and I’ve confused the boxes . Luckily there’s a ready cure for your transformation . A mouthful of roses to chew and , in a trice , you’ll be no ass but my own Lucius . I wish , as usual , I’d woven some garlands for us this evening , and then you’d not have to suffer all night like this . But at first light the remedy will be here .

So she grieved . But in truth , though I was a perfect ass , a beast of burden , no longer Lucius , I still retained my human reason . So I held long and earnest debate in my mind with regard to that utterly worthless and felonious woman , as to whether to kick her again and again with my hooves , bite her with my teeth , and destroy her . But that would have proved rash , and deeper thought brought wisdom , for by punishing Photis with death I’d also be killing the one who could help me regain my shape . So bowing and shaking my head , I swallowed my temporary humiliation , and adjusting to the harsh vicissitudes of fortune , I went off to join my fine thoroughbred in the stable , where I found another ass , the possession of my one time host , dear Milo . I thought that , given the unspoken bond of natural allegiance among dumb creatures , my horse on seeing me would show some marks of recognition , and be stirred by pity to offer friendship . But oh , Jove god of guests and you invisible powers of Loyalty ! That noble steed of mine and the other ass conferred , and at once agreed on my destruction . No doubt fearing for their rations , the moment they saw me near the manger they lowered their ears and kicking out savagely attacked me in blind fury . I was driven away from the feed that I’d put there with my very own hands for that ungrateful servant of mine that evening .

She repeated this several times , and then creeping into the chamber with the utmost trepidation , removed the box from the casket . I embraced and kissed her
first , and then praying her to bring me good luck in my airy flight , I cast off all my clothes , plunged my hands greedily into the box , and taking a good quantity of ointment I rubbed it all over my limbs . And now I began to poise my arms and wave them in the air , first one and then the other , after the manner of an owl . But
no feathers or wings appeared anywhere , but my hair grew coarse and bristly , my soft skin hardened into hide , at my hands ' tips were fingers five no more but all became fast bound in solitary hoofs , and a long tail began to grow from the extremity of my spine . My face grew huge , my mouth widened , my nostrils began to gape and my lips to droop ; my ears also extended to an immoderate length and were crowned with bristles . Lost and desperate , I surveyed my body over and perceived that I was not a bird but an ass . I would have protested
against what Fotis had done , but I was deprived of human gesture and voice alike , and could only reproach her in silence by drooping my lower lip and casting sidelong
glances from watery eyes , that yet had power to weep . When she saw what I was , she smote her face fiercely with her hands and cried

' Ah I am lost ! I am lost !
In my terror and hurry I took the wrong box ,
deceived by its likeness to the other . Still all is well , for the remedy that shall bring you back to human shape is simpler than the other . You have only to nibble some roses and you will step forth from the ass ' s skin and be my own sweet Lucius once again . Would I had made us some rose-wreaths last evening as I have been wont to do . Then you had not suffered the delay even of a night . But I ' ll be stirring at early dawn and you shall have your remedy without
delay . '
So she lamented , while I , although a perfect ass ,
Lucius turned beast of burden , still kept my human un-
derstanding . Ideliberatedthereforelongandearnestly
with myself whether I should kill the worthless wicked
wench by giving her a whole host of kicks and attack-
ing her with my teeth . However , better thoughts
recalled me from so desperate an enterprise . For if I
killed Fotis , I should once more cut myself off from all
chance of assistance and safety . So with drooping
quivering head I swallowed the affront of the moment
and went to the stable the submissive victim of my
cruel misfortune , to join my good horse who had borne
me so well . There I found another ass was stalled , the
property of Milo my former host . I thought that if
dumb animals had any secret sense of loyalty implanted
in them , my horse would recognize me and be moved
by something like pity to offer me hospitality and the best place in the stable . But oh ! Jupiter , god of
hospitality ! oh ! Loyalty , goddess most holy !
noble charger and the ass put their heads together and
without more ado conspired for my destruction . Afraid
for the safety of their mangers , they scarcely saw me approaching the stall when they laid back their ears and
pursued me with ferocious kicks . I was driven as far as possible from the barley which but last evening my
own hands had set before my beloved servant !

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Apuleius, Book X

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Ancient Egyptian
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DIE sequenti meus quidem dominus hortulanus quid egerit nescio , me tamen miles ille , qui propter eximiam impotentiam pulcherrime vapularat , ab illo praesepio nullo equidem contradicente deductum abducit atque a suo contubernio ( hoc enim mihi videbatur ) sarcinis propriis onustum et prorsum exornatum armatumque militariter producit ad viam . Nam et galeam gerebam nitore praemicantem et scutum longius relucens sed etiam lanceam longissimo hastili conspicuam , quae scilicet non disciplinae tunc quidem causa sed propter terrendos miseros viatores in summo atque edito sarcinarum cumulo ad instar exercitus sedulo composuerat . Confecta campestri nec adeo difficili via ad quandam civitatulam pervenimus , nec in stabulo sed in domo cuiusdam decurionis devertimus , statimque me commendato cuidam servulo ipse ad praepositum suum , qui mille armatorum ducatum sustinebat , sollicite proficiscitur .
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Post dies plusculos ibidem dissignatum scelestum ac nefarium facinus memini , sed ut vos etiam legatis , ad librum profero . Dominus aedium habebat iuvenem filium probe litteratum atque ob id consequenter pietate , modestia praecipuum , quem tibi quoque provenisse cuperes vel talem . Huius matre multo ante defuncta , rursum matrimonium sibi reparat verat , ductaque alia filium procreaverat alium , qui adaequeiam duodecimum annum aetatis super cesserat . Sed noverca forma magis quam moribus in domo mariti praepollens , seu naturaliter impudica seu fato ad exi tremum impulsa flagitium , oculos ad privignum adiecit : iam ergo , lector optime , scito te tragoediam , non fabulam legere , et a socco ad cothurnum ascendere Sed mulier illa quamdiu primis elementis Cupido parvulus nutriebatur , imbecillis adhuc eius viribus facile ruborem tenuem deprimens silentio resistebat : at ubi , completis igne vesano totis praecordiis , immodice bacchatus Amor exaestuabat , saevienti deo iam succubuit , et languore simulato vulnus animi mentitur in corporis valetudine . Iam cetera salutis vultusque detrimenta et aegris ei amantibus examussim convenire nemo qui nesciat : pallor deformis , marcentes oculi , lassa genua , quies turbida et suspiritus cruciatus tarditate vehementior : crederes et illam fluctuare tantum vaporibus febrium , nisi quod et flebat . Heu medicorum ignarae mentes ! Quid venae pulsus , quid caloris intemperantia , quia fatigatus anhelitus et utrimquesecus iactatae crebriter laterum mutuae vicissitudines ? Dii boni ! Quam facilis licet non artifici medico , cuivis tamen doctu Veneriae cupidinis comprehensio , cum videas aliquem .

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Ergo igitur impatientia furoris altius agitatadiutinum rupit silentium et ad se vocari praecipitfilium :  quod nomen in eo ,  si posset ,  ne ruborisadmoneretur ,  libente eraderet .  Nec adulescensaegrae parentis moratus imperium ,  senili tristitiestriatam gerens frontem cubiculum petit ,  uxoripatris matrique fratris utcumque debitum sistensobsequium .  Sed illa cruciabili silentio diutissimefatigata ,  et ut in quodam vado dubitationis haerens , omne verbum quod praesenti sermoni putabataptissimum rursum improbans mi tante etiam nuncpudore ,  unde potissimum caperet exordiumdecunctatur .  At iuvenis nihil etiam tunc sequiussuspicatus ,  summisso vultu rogat ultro praesentescausas aegritudinis .  Tunc illa nancta solii tudinisdamnosam occasionem ,  prorumpit in audaciam ,  etubertim allacrimans laciniaque contegens faciemvoce trepida sic eum breviter affatur :  Causa omnis etorigo praesentis doloris et etiam medela ipsa et salusunica mihi tute ipse es :  isti enim tui oculi per meosoculos ad intima delapsi praecordia meis medullisacerrimum commovent incendium .  Ergo misereretua causa pereuntis nec te religio patris omninodeterreat ,  cui morituram prorsus servabis uxorem : illius enim recognoscens imaginem in tua ;  faciemerito te diligo .  Habes solitudinis plenam
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What became of my gardener the following day I have no idea , but as for me , the soldier who had won such a lovely beating for his wondrously vile temper took me from the stable without anyone opposing him , and led me away . He piled me high with the luggage from what were his barracks I assume , and set me off up the road , festooned all over and kitted out in military fashion . I carried a brightly gleaming helmet , a shield which shone brighter still , and a spear with a great long shaft , all heaped on the top of his pile of baggage , like a miniature army on its travels , and not on account of regimental orders but to frighten poor travellers . At the end of a flat and easy journey , we arrived at a small town , where we lodged not at the inn but at the home of a councillor . Here the centurion gave me into the keeping of a slave , and set off straight away to report to his colonel , who had command of over a thousand men . A few days later a wicked and dreadful crime was committed in the town , which I’ll set down here so you can learn of it too .
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The owner of my lodging had a young well-educated son , who was in consequence all obedience and good behaviour , the kind of son you would wish for your own . The boy’s mother had died years before . The father remarried , and had a twelve-year old boy by his second wife . The stepmother held sway , noted more for her beauty than character , and either through an innate disregard for her chastity or driven by fate to commit a wholly wicked crime she turned her eyes longingly on her stepson .
So , dear reader , now you know , this is no trivial tale but a tragedy , and you’ve risen from comic slippers to platform shoes .
As long as cupid remained an infant , nourished on simple fare , the stepmother hid her guilty blushes , and silently staved off the love-god’s weak assaults , but her heart slowly filling with raging flames , hot frenzied love at last blazed in her wildly , and she yielded to the savage god . Feigning illness , she tried to pretend her wounded heart was really bodily illness . Now , as we know , the usual effects on one’s appearance are exactly the same in the love-sick and those sick for other reasons : namely abnormal pallor , languid eyes , weak knees , restless sleep , and sighs which are more intense the more protracted the torment . You’d have thought in her case too a high temperature caused her fever , except that she was also full of tears . Alas the ignorance of medical minds , unable to diagnose from those throbbing veins , that variable complexion , the laboured breathing , the tossing from side to side ! Yet , dear gods , any intelligent person , even one who’s not a specialist , knows the symptoms of desire , on seeing someone burning without a physical cause .
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So there you have it . Her insupportable insanity was shaking her to the core , and at long last she broke her silence and ordered her stepson to be summoned before her—she would have loved to expunge the " son " part , that shameful reminder , from any reference to him . The young man lost no time in complying with his sick parent’s command . His forehead was grooved with a sadness far beyond his years as he headed for the bedroom to attend dutifully to his father’s wife and brother’s mother . But the wife’s silence had plagued her so excruciatingly and so mercilessly that now her boat was stuck in the shallows of doubt , so to speak . She ended up rejecting every word she had at first thought perfect for the matter at hand . Her honor was going to come crashing down at any moment , but here she still was , at a dead loss for the right preamble . But even at this moment , the youth didn’t suspect any sort of shady business . His expression was demure as he began the conversation by asking , with a deferential expression on his face , about her present indisposition . She now seized the baneful opportunity offered by this private conference and let go of any vestige of self-control . Weeping abundantly and covering her face in her garment , she addressed him a few words in a timid voice .
" The entire cause , the sole source of my present agony , and at the same time the one lifesaving remedy , is yourself and no other . A glance from your eyes has slipped into my eyes , sunk down into my heart’s inmost recesses , and set off a conflagration that rages through my marrow . Have pity , then , on someone who is perishing because of you . Don’t let reverent regard for your father deter you , for you’ll do nothing short of saving his dying wife . You can understand my affection for you , as , for me , your face is like a picture of him . And right now you have the complete reassurance that comes from being alone with me—as well as enough time to do what needs doing . When nobody knows about something , it’s practically not happening . "
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What became of my master the gardener the next day , I have no idea . As for me , the soldier who’d gotten such a magnificent ass-kicking for his distinguished arrogance took me out of the stable and led me away , as no one told him he couldn’t . He brought luggage that belonged to him out of his own quarters ( I assumed ) , loaded it on me , and started me down the road in full martial regalia and equipment . For I bore a helmet that glittered forth in its splendor , a shield that shot its blazing light far and wide , and even a lance with a showily long point . He had carefully arranged these things on an elevated spot atop the heaped bundles to look like features of a military baggage train—not , apparently , that he was at the time under orders requiring this ; he just wanted to terrify defenseless travelers . We completed a not terribly hard journey on level ground and came to a diminutive burg , where we stayed not at the inn but with a member of the local senate . The soldier entrusted me to a slave and set off in a worried hurry to his superior officer , " who headed up a contingent of a thousand armed men .
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Not too many days later , as I recall , an unspeakably wicked crime was perpetrated in that very place , and I’ll reproduce the story here in my book and let you readers acquaint yourselves with it as well .
The householder had a young son with quite a superior education , so it naturally followed that he was extraordinary in his filial devotion and restrained behavior . You’d have wished you were his father—or , um , that you had a son like him . His mother had died long before , and his father had embarked on matrimony again . On the second wife he begat a second son , who by the time I write of had just completed his own twelfth year . Now , the stepmother was the potentate in her husband’s house , but it was due to her beauty rather than her dutifulness . At some point—whether she was inherently indisposed to chastity , or whether fate drove her to this detestable crime—she cast her eyes on her stepson .
So now , exemplary reader , take heed : this is high tragedy and not low comedy . Those clown shoes have exited the stage , and the lofty buskins loom above you .
While the god of love within this woman’s heart was still a toddler sucking on the breast and learning his ABCs , she easily resisted his still-feeble strength , silently repressing her insubstantial blushes . But later , when the crazed flame had completely filled her heart , Cupid’s passion boiled up out of control and he ran and turning from this side to that side and back again ! Good gods , what an easy diagnosis it should be , when you see someone heated up but the blaze is disembodied . You don’t have to be a learned physician , just schooled in lust by Venus .
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She became more and more agitated by her unbearable ardour , until at last breaking her long silence she summoned to her side this ‘son’ whom she would gladly have called by another name to spare her sense of shame . The youth responded at once to his stepmother’s request , entering the patient’s bedroom , with as anxious a brow as some melancholy old man , but only out of courtesy to his father’s wife and brother’s mother . She , long tormented and harassed by her secret , was now however aground on a shoal of doubt . Every time she grasped at a phrase appropriate for the moment at hand , she rejected it again ; and even as her feelings of shame abated , she still hesitated as to how to begin her speech . But the youth it was who took the lead , suspecting nothing , with a respectful look asking the cause of her present illness . As they were alone she seized the moment to speak with dangerous boldness , and weeping floods of tears , hiding her face with the hem of her robe , she addressed him briefly in a quivering voice :
‘The whole root and origin of my present illness , as well as my only hope of cure and recovery , is you yourself . Those eyes of yours penetrated my eyes , and plunged to the depths of my heart , and set the fiercest flames burning in my marrow . Take pity on one who dies because of you , and don’t be concerned by your respect for your father , for his wife is at death’s door and you can save her for him . I am right to love you since I see his likeness in your face . And have no fear , we are alone , and there is time enough for what is needed . What none know of has scarcely happened .

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Apuleius, Metamorphoses 3.16-18

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Nunc etiam adulescentem quendam Boeotium summe decorum efflictim deperit totasque artis manus machinas omnes ardenter exercet . Audivi vesperi , meis his , inquam , auribus audivi , quod non celerius sol caelo ruisset noctique ad exercendas inlecebras magiae maturius cessisset , ipsi soli nubilam caliginem et perpetuas tenebras comminantem . Hunc iuvenem , cum e balneis rediret ipsa , tonstrinae residentem hesterna die forte conspexit ac me capillos eius , qui iam caede cultorum desecti humi iacebant , clanculo praecipit auferre . Quos me sedulo furtimque colligentem tonsor invenit , et quod alioquin publicitus maleficae disciplinae perinfames sumus , adreptam inclementer increpat : " Tune , ultima , non cessas subinde lectorum iuvenum capillamenta surripere ? Quod scelus nisi tandem desines , magistratibus te constanter obiciam . " Et verbum facto secutus immissa manu scrutatus e mediis papillis meis iam capillos absconditos iratus abripit . Quo gesto graviter adfecta mecumque reputans dominae meae mores , quod huius modi repulsa satis acriter commoveri meque verberare saevissime consuevit , iam de