A True Story by Lucian of Samosata (Formatted with English and Original Translation)by Lucian of Samosata
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Lucian of Samosata (circa 125–180 A.D.) was a rhetorician, and satirist who wrote in the Greek language. He is noted for his witty and scoffing nature. His ethnicity is disputed and is attributed as Assyrian according to Frye and Parpola, and Syrian according to Joseph. Few details of Lucian's life can be verified with any degree of accuracy. He claimed to have been born in Samosata, in the former kingdom of Commagene, which had been absorbed by the Roman Empire and made part of the province of Syria.
In his works, Lucian refers to himself as a "Syrian," "Assyrian" and "barbarian", perhaps indicating "he was from the Semitic and not the imported Greek population" of Samosata. Lucian almost certainly did not write all of the more than eighty works attributed to him — declamations, essays both laudatory and sarcastic, satiric epigrams, and comic dialogues and symposia with a satirical cast, studded with quotations in alarming contexts and allusions set in an unusual light, designed to be surprising and provocative. His name added luster to any entertaining and sarcastic essay: over 150 surviving manuscripts attest to his continued popularity.
True History or True Story is a travel tale that is the earliest known fiction about travelling to outer space, alien life-forms and interplanetary warfare. Written in the 2nd century, the novel has been referred to as "the first known text that could be called science fiction." The work was intended by Lucian as a satire against contemporary and ancient sources, which quote fantastic and mythical events as truth.
This edition of True Story contains the Greek and English translation, ands specially formatted with a Table of Contents.
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