Essential Reading

Apuleius, The Golden Ass, trans. R. Graves (New York: Farrer, Strauss and Giroux, 1951). Supplementary Reading:

M. W. Meyer, ed., The Ancient Mysteries: A Sourcebook (San Francisco: Harper and Row, 1987). G. Luck, Arcana Mundi: Magic and the Occult in the Greco-Roman Worlds (Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1985).

W. Cotter, Miracles in Greco-Roman Antiquity (New York: Routledge, 1998). Questions to Consider:

1. How do accounts of religious experience tend to modify the standard impression of Greco-Roman religion as merely formal, superficial, and unconnected to moral behavior?

2. What distinction does Apuleius's Golden Ass make between the power of magic and the power of religion?

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