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The only work of dramatic fiction written in Latin to survive intact, "The Golden Ass" - as St. Augustine named Apuleius's tale - tells the story of a man who dabbles in carelessly with magic and accidentally turns himself into a donkey. Written in what would later become known as a "picaresque" style, "The Golden Ass" has a wandering, episodic structure, a precursor to later classics like "Don Quixote" and "Tristram Shandy".