Apuleius (124 - AD 170), also credited as Apuleius of Madaurensis was a prose writer and philosopher formally educated at Carthage, Athens and Rome. He studied the works of Plato as well as religion, becoming inundated with several cults. He was fascinated by the mystical arts, which led to public criticism and a charge of sorcery. Apuleius was eventually acquitted but his interest in magic continued to influence his writing. His most notable achievement is the novel, The Golden Ass, also known as the Metamorphoses of Apuleius, which highlights the dangers of spells and the supernatural.