Apuleius, Apologia

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APOLOGIA

INTRODUCTION

1. THE CHARGE AGAINST APULEIUS

The Apologia takes the form of a speech in his own defense that Apuleius delivered at Sabrata, a coastal town in northwestern Tripolitania (now Sabratah in Libya); the actual building in which the trial probably took place has been uncovered by excavation.1 The trial took the form of a judicial hearing (cognitio), presided over by the proconsul, Claudius Maximus, who had arrived at Sabrata on his annual judicial tour (conventus). How far the written version of the speech represents what Apuleius spoke on the occasion is uncertain, but whatever its relation to the original, it constitutes the only forensic speech to survive from the imperial period.2

The accusation that Apuleius was a magician, though it gives the work its conventional title, formed only part of the general charge, which was that he had used magical

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DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.apuleius-apologia.2017