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Tale of Cupid & Psyche, The (Pocket Book)

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This classical tale of passionate love, loss and reunion has long inspired storytellers and novelists.

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Publisher's Synopsis
The story of Psyche (the most beautiful girl in the world) and Cupid (the god of love) comes from the Latin novel Metamorphoses or The Golden Ass by Lucius Apuleius, who lived in north Africa around 200 AD. Lucius learnt the art of writing and other secrets in the goddess-temples dedicated to Isis, which were then in their last days. The Tale of Psyche and Cupid is a story within a story, told In Metamorphoses by an old woman. It may be that this is a version of a story told for thousands of years in the goddess-temples for the amusement and instruction of young girls.

Excerpt
"Once upon a time there lived a king and queen who had three very beautiful daughters. They were so beautiful, in fact, that it was only just possible to find words of praise for the elder two, and to express the breath-taking loveliness of the youngest, the like of which had never been seen before, was beyond all power of human speech. Every day thousands of her father’s subjects came to gaze at her, foreigners too, and were so dumbfounded by the sight that they paid her the homage due to the Goddess Venus alone. They pressed their right thumbs and forefingers together, reverently raised them to their lips and blew kisses towards her. The news of her matchless beauty spread through neighboring cities and countries."

Author Apuleius
Translator Graves, Robert
Book Type Trade Paperback
Page Count 111 pp.
Publisher Shambhala Publications 1992
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