Apuleius’s The Golden Ass, one of a handful of extant ancient novels, remains relatively unknown. Peter Singer, the renowned philosopher and author of the modern classic Animal Liberation, remedies this neglect, bringing the comic tale back to the wider reading public. With a version stripped of the many tales extraneous to the main narrative, Singer exposes the core of the text: the adventures of the man-turned-animal, Lucius.
The Golden Ass
Peter Singer and Ellen Finkelpearl breathe new life into Apuleius’s The Golden Ass–a hilarious, bawdy tale and one of the earliest novels–accentuating its remarkable empathy for animals.