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Les figures de la chasse dans les Métamorphoses d’Apulée

Véronique MERLIER-ESPENEL

fr Anthropozoologica 33-34 - Pages 93-104

Published on 01 March 2002

This article is a part of the thematic issue Animal et animalité dans l’Antiquité. Actes du colloque de l’Université Lumière-Lyon II, 24-25 septembre 1998

Faces of hunting in Apuleius' Metamorphoses

Through the myth of Diana and Actæon (Met. 2, 4), the death of the robber Thrasyleon dressed up as a bear (Met. 4, 14, 4-4, 21), and Tlepolemus ' tragic boar-hunting (Met. 8, 1-14), Apuleius throws the parts of all hunting's actors into confusion, instead of pointing out hunting as a codified practice, in which gods, humans and beasts have definite functions. Hunting in Apuleius' Metamorphoses shows a strange use of an epic theme and points out that no one can approach wildness without danger to his own identity.

Keywords :

Hunting, wildness, Actaeon, boar-hunting, epic.

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