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Apuleius (, APP-yuu-LEE-əs; also called Lucius Apuleius Madaurensis; c. 124 – after 170) was a Numidian Latin-language prose writer, Platonist philosopher and rhetorician. He was born in the Roman province of Numidia, in the Berber city of Madauros, modern-day M'Daourouch, Algeria. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Apuleius has received more than 663,291 page views. His biography is available in 72 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 66 in 2019). Apuleius is the 111th most popular writer (up from 125th in 2019), the 3rd most popular biography from Algeria and the 2nd most popular Algerian Writer.

Apuleius is most famous for writing the novel The Golden Ass, which tells the story of a man who is turned into an ass and then transformed back into a human.

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Notable Works

Psyche et Cupido
The Golden Asse
Golden Ass
Is Cupid and Psyche a romance, a folktale, a Platonic allegory of the nature of the soul, a Jungian tale of individuation, or an archetypal dream? This volume provides Joel Relihan's lively translation of this best known section of Apuleius' Golden Ass, some useful and illustrative parallels, and an engaging discussion of what to make of this classic story.
The transformations of Lucius
In all of literature, there are few books with the vitality ofThe Golden Ass. The story follows Lucius, a young man of good birth, as he disports himself in the cities and along the roads of Thessaly. This is a wonderful tale abounding in lusty incident, curious adventure and bawdy wit.


Among writers, Apuleius ranks 111 out of 7,302Before him are Du Fu, André Gide, Stephen King, Maurice Maeterlinck, August Strindberg, and Haruki Murakami. After him are Jean de La Fontaine, George Bernard Shaw, E. T. A. Hoffmann, Sully Prudhomme, Federico García Lorca, and Anatole France.

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Among people born in 125, Apuleius ranks 1After him are Faustina the Younger, and Polycrates of Ephesus. Among people deceased in 170, Apuleius ranks 2Before him is Ptolemy. After him are Salvius Julianus, Junius Rusticus, and Alexander of Abonoteichus.

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In Algeria

Among people born in Algeria, Apuleius ranks 3 out of 213Before him are Augustine of Hippo (354), and Albert Camus (1913). After him are Tariq ibn Ziyad (670), Jacques Derrida (1930), Yves Saint Laurent (1936), Macrinus (164), Saint Monica (332), Louis Althusser (1918), Jugurtha (-160), Ahmed Ben Bella (1916), and Emir Abdelkader (1808).

Among WRITERS In Algeria

Among writers born in Algeria, Apuleius ranks 2Before him are Albert Camus (1913). After him are Bernard-Henri Lévy (1948), Assia Djebar (1936), Robert Merle (1908), Hélène Cixous (1937), Marcus Minucius Felix (110), Kateb Yacine (1929), Mohammed Dib (1920), Isaac Alfasi (1013), Al-Busiri (1213), and Mouloud Feraoun (1913).