n Acta Classica : Proceedings of the Classical Association of South Africa - An Apuleian parrot (on Apul. 12)

Volume 43, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0065-1141
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Among Apuleius' there is a relatively short piece on a parrot. At first sight it merely shows the author's search for the exotic and his pleasure of description. But in the , many animals occur in relation to human speech, notably that of the philosopher. In 12 too the bird serves as an example illustrating greater issues. It has been suggested that it stands for Apuleius' opponents, but the picture of the bird seems too positive for this. It rather extolls human-like qualities in animals, that are surpassed by proper human speech. The ideal representant of human speech is, inevitably, none but Apuleius himself.

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