How to Write History. The Dipsads. Saturnalia. Herodotus or Aetion. Zeuxis or Antiochus. A Slip of the Tongue in Greeting. Apology for the "Salaried Posts in Great Houses." Harmonides. A Conversation with Hesiod. The Scythian or The Consul. Hermotimus or

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Lucian (ca. 120?190 CE), the satirist from Samosata on the Euphrates, started as an apprentice sculptor, turned to rhetoric and visited Italy and Gaul as a successful travelling lecturer, before settling in Athens and developing his original brand of satire. Late in life he fell on hard times and accepted an official post in Egypt.

Although notable for the Attic purity and elegance of his Greek and his literary versatility, Lucian is chiefly famed for the lively, cynical wit of ...

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Overview

Lucian (ca. 120—190 CE), the satirist from Samosata on the Euphrates, started as an apprentice sculptor, turned to rhetoric and visited Italy and Gaul as a successful travelling lecturer, before settling in Athens and developing his original brand of satire. Late in life he fell on hard times and accepted an official post in Egypt.

Although notable for the Attic purity and elegance of his Greek and his literary versatility, Lucian is chiefly famed for the lively, cynical wit of the humorous dialogues in which he satirises human folly, superstition and hypocrisy. His aim was to amuse rather than to instruct. Among his best works are A True Story (the tallest of tall stories about a voyage to the moon), Dialogues of the Gods (a 'reductio ad absurdum' of traditional mythology), Dialogues of the Dead (on the vanity of human wishes), Philosophies for Sale (great philosophers of the past are auctioned off as slaves), The Fisherman (the degeneracy of modern philosophers), The Carousal or Symposium (philosophers misbehave at a party), Timon (the problems of being rich), Twice Accused (Lucian's defence of his literary career) and (if by Lucian) The Ass (the amusing adventures of a man who is turned into an ass).

The Loeb Classical Library edition of Lucian is in eight volumes.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780674994744
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/1959
  • Language: Greek, Ancient (to 1453)
  • Series: Loeb Classical Library Series , #430
  • Edition description: 3rd printing/1st pub.1959
  • Pages: 512
  • Product dimensions: 4.45 (w) x 6.63 (h) x 1.01 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface

List Of Lucian's Works

How To Write History

The Dipsads

Saturnalia

Herodotus Or Aetion

Zeuxis Or Antiochus

A Slip Of The Tongue In Greeting

Apology For The 'Salaried Posts In Great Houses'

Harmonides

A Conversation With Hesiod

The Scythian Or The Consul

Hermotimus Or Concerning The Sects

To One Who Said, 'You're A Prometheus In Words'

The Ship Or The Wishes

Index

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