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Some unusual details in Socrates' account of Meroe's witchcraft (Met. 1. 9-10) can presumably be explained as hinting at conventional shortcomings of the folktales or magic stories contemporary to Apuleius. (1) The surprising remark on the impossibility of digging through the walls of the enchanted houses might point out that popular magic stories about doors being jammed by witchcraft generally ignore the possibility of alternative exits. (2) The bizarre outcome of the house being transporteddoi:10.21638/11701/spbu20.2018.107 fatcat:ayqgcyenbbdulixiv33ocatx5e