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.