Plot summary of the golden ass
The unnamed traveler refuses to believe Aristomenes' story. The narrator scolds the unnamed traveler and tells a short story about a sword.
The Golden Ass study guide contains a biography of Apuleius, way he meets a man named Aristomenes, who tells him a story of Socrates.
Witchcraft and Lamiae in "The Golden Ass" on JSTOR
Description:Lucius, a Roman traveling through Greece, is accidentally transformed into a donkey when his curiosity causes him to investigate a witch's magic a little too closely. His transformation begins a series of adventures and close calls as he tries to find the one antidote for his condition: He is finally succored by the goddess Isis who not only helps him regain his human form but sets him on a path away from his life of gratification and towards one dedicated to virtue. Lucius' troubles begin when he stays at the house of Milo, a wealthy miser to whom he was recommended by a friend. Milo is married to a powerful witch named Pamphile, whose secrets he convinces Fotis, his lover and Pamphile's maid, to reveal to him.