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Return to Book Page. Preview — Cupid and Psyche by Amote. Cupid and Psyche by Apuleius. It is both a charming fairytale and an allegory of the search of the Soul for happiness and fulfillment. This edition, the first with a full commentary in English to appear for eighty years, comprises a Latin text with facing translation, making the ed The story of Cupid and Psyche is part of The Golden Ass or Metamorphoses, a Latin novel by Apuleius second century A. This edition, the first with a full commentary in English to appear for eighty years, comprises a Latin text with facing translation, making the edition more accessible to students of comparative literature.
An introduction and a commentary provide help with interpretation and up-to-date guidance to scholarship in the field. PaperbackCambridge Greek and Latin Classicspages. Published by Cambridge University Press first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Akore ask other readers questions about Cupid and Psycheplease sign up. Lists with This Book. I think I might slightly prefer M.
Still, I quite enjoyed this book, largely because I’m a sucker for Greek mythology. Her beauty was often compared to that of Aphrodite. People started worshipping a,ore instead of Aphrodite, the literal embodiment of love and beauty. That went about as expected, which is to say not very well. Aphrodite was jealous of Psyche’s loveliness so she ordered her son Cupid to make Psyche fall in love with the ugliest creature on earth.
As she slept, Cupid picked up his arrow and prepared to shoot. Here’s where it gets interesting. He’s so taken aback by her beauty that he manages to shoot himself in the foot with his own arrow and falls in love with amode. Oh, Cupid, wait until mother hears about this.
Aphrodite is enraged and places a curse on Psyche that keeps her from finding a suitable husband. Cupid is super pissed and refuses to shoot his love arrows. Love is slowly dying… No one is getting married.
Animals refuse to mate. Aphrodite is no longer worshipped.
The oracle tells them to apuleip Psyche on the nearest mountain since she is not meant for any mortal man. Greek mythology parents are in the best case, incompetent and in the worst and most likely, seriously deranged. Is your child giving you trouble? Fuck it, we can always another child.
The west wind, Zephyrus, saves her and carries her away to a magnificent palace. She is greeted by invisible servants who care for her every need. Every night her mysterious husband comes to her and they make love. There is, however, a condition: She must never, ever look upon his face. Not a bad way to live really. What would Greek mythology be without a little bit of drama?
Her sisters persuade Psyche that her invisible husband is actually a terrible monster and that she must kill him before he kills her and their unborn child.
When night falls, Psyche takes a knife and holds an oil lamp apuoeio her husband’s sleeping form. Her husband is not a monster, but a beautiful boy with wings.
It’s Cupid, the god of desire and erotic love! She’s so shocked and distracted that she lets a drop of oil fall on his shoulder. Betrayed and enraged, Cupid flies away.
Cupid and Psyche
Frantically, she searches everywhere for her husband, but to no avail. In desperation, she turns to Aphrodite.
She is given multiple tasks, each one amire impossible than the last: Psyche survives a journey of thousands of miles, endures endless hardships, she fights and fights until she can’t fight anymore. As soon as she completes the last trial, however, Psyche is overcome by suspicion and curiosity, and opens Persephone’s box. This was a trap. Psyche falls into a death-like sleep. Unknown to all others, even Aphrodite, Cupid helped Psyche in all her trials. He was with her, watching over her, loving her from afar.
But is it too late?
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Cupid, thinking he’s lost her forever, rushes to her side. He lifts her and carries her to Mount Olympus. He pleads with Zeus to save her. Zeus revives her and makes her immortal. Cupid and Psyche live happily ever after with their daughter. View all 9 comments. Non sapevo cosa aspettarmi.
Per questo quattro stelle. Da rileggere con calma e assaporare ogni parola. Aug 09, Simona Bartolotta rated it liked it Shelves: Avreste il coraggio di darle un voto?
Senza contare che Apuleio ha certi colpi di genio! Sopra un’alta montagna lascia o re la fanciulla ornata per le nozze di abiti funerei. La descrizione di quel dio scapestrato, terrore e flagello degli uomini quanto degli dei?
Di quel sentimento puro, insinuante, che sconvolge l’esistenza? Una stupenda scoperta, peraltro magistralmente rappresentata da Canova. Il tutto immerso nei miti e nelle leggende dell’epoca. Psiche che apre l’ampolla d’oro, John William Waterhouse Divertente il banchetto finale, dove il potente Giove risolve la questione in modo molto pragmatico: Psiche ammessa all’Olimpo, Raffaello Consigliato a chi ha voglia di leggere una bella favola, ovviamente con lo scontato lieto fine, facendosi anche quattro risate.
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Sono rimasta perplessa, ho letto tante recensioni entusiastiche ma io, in questo racconto, non ho trovato magia. Ad Amore bastano due paroline dolci, due carezze, … e si fa manipolare come tutti gli uomini. Pensavo di ritrovare le emozioni che mi ha suscitato Amore e Psiche del Canova, invece niente … Peccato!
Molto belli i riferimenti alla mitologia, ai capricci degli dei, etc. Jun 19, Sara Jesus rated it it was amazing Shelves: Outro das historias gregas que vale a pena a ler, e que inspirou o livro a Bela e o Monstro. No entanto, ela nunca conhece o rosto do seu esposo. Nella letteratura troviamo innumerevoli esempi di questo lato di noi, che ci crea spesso solo danni ma di cui non possiamo fare a meno: Pandora, Odisseo, giusto per citarne un paio di famosissimi. Gli dei, come talvolta accade da quelle parti, hanno gli stessi difetti degli uomini: Ed anche Venere non ci fa una bella figura, facendoci di molto sorridere per la sua incredibile ira.
Un classico immortale, di grande ispirazione per il capitolo omonimo del mio ultimo romanzo. Il testo latino a fronte impreziosisce molto questa versione. Racconto bellissimo, che mi ha colpito in modo davvero inaspettato. Una storia d’amore senza tempo, sicuramente consigliata. Eh niente, grazie prof! Sub par ending to one of the stories. Per me la mitologia classica ha un fascino immenso e questi due innamorati sono di una tenerezza irresistibile.