The dramatic effect of bodily violation during the Festival of Laughter: (Apuleius, Metamorphoses 3,1-12)

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Abstract

This article explores the relevance of bodily violation as a theme in the Risus Festival episode (Apuleius, Metamorphoses 3,1-12). It is discussed how this theme serves to make more dramatic the characterisation of the protagonist Lucius, who is passively dragged across the city of Hypata and is even threatened with torture and crucifixion, as well as increasing the vividness (euidentia) of Lucius’ defence and his accuser’s speech during the mock-trial.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)61-73
Number of pages13
JournalERAT OLIM. Nuovi materiali e contributi per la storia della narrativa greco-latina
Volume1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2021

Keywords

  • Apuleius
  • Metamorphoses
  • Risus Festival
  • bodily violation

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