Quis ille? Saturninus sum. L’enigma della prosapia nel prologo delle Metamorfosi di Apuleio

Alessandro Boschi


The prologue of Apuleius’ Metamorphoses is a kind of ‘enigmatic’ exercise for readers. My paper offers a new interpretation of such a problematic incipit, which has often been the subject of too generic readings, despite the evidence of a very specific lexical choice by the author. Through a philological and anthropological analysis, I aim to show the presence, in the novel, of references to the semantic world connected with the god Saturn, which also contribute to a better definition of the ambiguous identity of the narrator.


Apuleius; Metamorphoses; prologue; Saturn; Saturninus; prosapia

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.14601/prometheus-18818

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