The Reception of Apuleius' Cupid and Psyche



Partners and collaborators

British Academy / Leverhulme; Society for the Promotion of Roman Studies


Funded by the Hugh Last Fund, Society for the Promotion of Roman Studies, The Audrey Barrie Brown Memorial Fund and Donald Atkinson Fund, British Academy / Leverhulme Small Research Grant

Love and the Soul: Apuleius’ Cupid and Psyche in European Culture, 1600-1960: This project studies the reception of the love-story of Cupid and Psyche, first known as an inserted tale in the Latin novel Metamorphoses or The Golden Ass by the second-century AD writer Apuleius, in European literature, art and opera from 1600 to the present day.

Cupid and Psyche had a broad influence in European culture and was itself appropriated and adapted to suit particular cultural contexts. The project consists of the following: Organisation of an interdisciplinary conference in Leeds in July 2016 on Cupid and Psyche's reception, to gather international scholars to study the text and its reception in detail.

A conference website will enable scholarly interaction before, during and after the actual event. Following the conference, there will be two major outputs: one co-edited conference volume of selected papers which study specific elements of Cupid and Psyche's reception in detail, and one co-authored book by Regine May and Stephen Harrison to provide the context and pull the information together in chronological order.

Project website