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Born in Hippo, now Annaba, Algeria, Apuleius was educated at Carthage and Athens. He traveled widely in Greece and Asia Minor and practiced for a while as a lawyer in Rome. When he was about thirty years old, he returned home, where he gained a distinguished reputation as a writer and lecturer. His most famous work is Metamorphoses, also known as The Golden Ass. He also wrote The Apology, or On Magic (Apologie: Pro se de magia liber), his defense in a suit brought against him by his wife's relatives, who accused him of gaining her affections through magic, and three philosophical treatises, On the God of Socrates (De deo Socrates), On the Philosophy of Plato (De Platone et eius dogmate), and On the World (De mundo).