Best remembered for this humorous erotic romance, APULEIUS lived in the early part of the second century in Roman North Africa.
THE GOLDEN ASS (O ASNO DE OURO): Read it here.
“(…) The Golden Ass (Asinus Aureus) or Metamorphoses is the only Latin novel that has survived in its entirety. It is an imaginative, irreverent, and amusing work that relates the ludicrous adventures of one Lucius, who experiments with magic and is accidentally turned into an ass. In this guise he hears and sees many unusual things, until escaping from his predicament in a rather unexpected way. Within this frame story are found multiple digressions, the longest among them being the well-known tale of Cupid and Psyche.(…)”
Iles Johnson, Sarah, Mysteries, in Ancient Religions, The Belknap Press of Harvard University (2007)