By Ahuvia Kahane, Andrew Laird
The Prologue of Apuleius' cutting edge novel, the Metamorphoses (or Golden Ass), has captivated readers and students from the Renaissance to the current day. This quantity encompasses a new textual content and translation of the Prologue and a variety of essays which spotlight its value for college students of Classical literature and sleek literary idea.
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He called attention to the unwarranted importance that proximity to the King gave to the household officers. ‘A rebellion of the thirteen lords of the bedchamber,’ he said, ‘would be far more terrible for a minister, and would probably affect his power more to the quick, than a revolt of thirteen colonies’ . He blamed the waste and inefficiency of the household as ‘the cause of that situation when his Majesty came a second time to Parliament to desire payment of those debts which the employment of its members in various offices, visible and invisible, had occasioned’ .
Charles James Fox, who had recently joined the Opposition, saw his opportunity and moved that the words of the Speaker did represent the views of the House. 69 After years of defeat and discouragement, the Opposition enjoyed a brief moment of victory. ’70 28 Politics, Finance, and the People Lord John Cavendish suggested that North, instead of allowing debts to accumulate to a large sum, should have applied to Parliament as the debt was incurred. ’71 Cavendish’s suggestion preserved the independence of the Civil List as long as expenditure did not exceed income.
11 Reactions to the speech were mixed. As expected, spokesmen for the Rockingham Party praised Burke’s proposals. Charles James Fox reminded members of a familiar grievance – the Civil List increase of 1777. ’ Col. ’12 George III remarked to John Robinson that ‘Mr. ’13 While Burke was speaking in the House of Commons, Shelburne, who was determined to establish his position as a distinct leader not beholden to Rockingham, took his own tack in the House of Lords. 14 In contrast to Burke, who saw the main object of reform as the reduction of ‘influence’ and the Civil List as the major culprit, Shelburne was concerned with military expenditure.
A Companion to the Prologue to Apuleius' Metamorphoses by Ahuvia Kahane, Andrew Laird