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66) When Lucius converts to the Isiac religion and priesthood, his conversion is from a life of asinine judgment to one of rational virtue--specifically the virtue of chastity.
18) Lucius, as a speechless animal, could not have related this information to anyone, so the double-dream of the Isiac high priest and Lucius has to be god-sent.
Apudeius designed The Golden Ass as a Silenus box, and appropriately he included other box motifs that are central to the novel in a number of analogous ways: the inverted Silenus box that is used to tempt and entrance Psyche; the various ritual boxes and boxlike private places that are used, respectively, to contain and enact the secrets of the Isiac rite in book eleven; and, most inclusively, the box-within-box or tale-within-a-tale narrative structure of the Milesian stories.
33) The very asinine form of Lucius may foreshadow his eventual Isiac salvation: at Met.
Our first glimpse of an Isiac ceremony stresses the patriotism of the worshipers of Isis and their wish for well-being for the political establishment in Rome.
Stoic or Cynic diatribes, in particular, are set out as parallels for Lucius' life story, especially since the Isiac religion in Met.
The summit of Lucius' educational journey is the Gottesschau he experiences during his Isiac initiation (11,23,7, quoted further below), where he is not only initiated into the mysteries of a religious cult, in the sense of an adolescent's rite of passage, but also depicts himself as acquiring knowledge and power, as the initiation allows him to attain a superior state of perception, which is only reserved to a privileged few.
then splits the 'religio-philosophical' reading into two, emphasizing a distinction between the bald Isiac initiate and the bald wise man.
I also liked the idea behind the Appendix, suggesting an interesting metaphorical association in Book 11 between Lucius' Isiac initiation after multifarious hardships and the launching of the ship at the Ploiaphesia festival, marking the beginning of spring.
A different kind of religious enigma in Apuleius comes from an episode which has received much attention in recent criticism because it relates to the meaning and tone of the Isiac intervention in Book 11, an intervention which leads to Lucius' transformation back into a man and his devotion to the cult of Isis.
Winkler, Harrison), Finkelpearl points out that they base their most compelling arguments on what happens in the Epilogue, one year after the Isiac portion of the book (1-26); the repeated 'ecce's in the Epilogue, Finkelpearl argues, indicate narrative trickery and literary evasiveness rather than a satire of gullibility and belief, and reflect deeper thematic patterns of continuity and rebirth in Apuleius' novel.
10) Kalasiris' Egyptian birth, Pythagorean appearance and Isiac knowledge provide the necessary cachet to convince others of his mystic abilities.
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