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Apuleius - Tales of Truth

A lecture on the life, philosophy and works of Apuleius, by Tim Addey


“Those who admire every thing which has real being, are to be called philosophers.” Socrates, the Republic.
Apuleius (125-180 CE) was a Platonic philosopher of some note: two Platonic works of his survive – On the God of Socrates and On the Philosophy of Plato. However, he is best known for his authorship of the first extant novel of the West, The Golden Ass – and it is in this wonderful work that his grasp of Platonic ideas is seen at its best and most subtle. In its kaleidoscope of stories within stories, he weaves tales of remarkable beauty and charm, of which that of Cupid and Psyche is central. Apuleius was an initiate of at least two mystery cults (Isis and Dionysus) and a priest of Aesculapius – and he brings to his writings many insights which must have derived from his experiences within these institutions. After a brief look at his own dramatic history, the lecture will explore the philosophy of this unique writer.

The first in a series of lectures, "Six Lectures on the Philosophers of the Platonic Tradition"


Speaker(s):

Professor Tim Addey | talks | www

 

Date and Time:

24 January 2012 at 7:30 pm

Duration:

1 hour

 

Venue:

New Acropolis
19 Compton Terrace
London
N1 2UN
02073590059
http://www.newacropolisuk.org
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Organised by:

The Prometheus Trust
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Tickets:

£5 (£3 concessions)

Available from:

The Administrator, The Prometheus Trust, info@prometheustrust.co.uk or phone 01373 825808

Additional Information:

No need to book in advance, but this can also be done through New Acropolis. 19 Compton Terrace,
Islington,
London,
N1 2UN
Telephone: 0207 359 0059

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