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Chattering Courtesans and Other Sardonic Sketches by Lucian
Book DescriptionDescribed by a later Greek historian as 'a man seriously committed to raising a laugh', Lucian exulted in the exposure of absurdity and the puncturing of pretension, and was capable of finding a comic angle on almost any subject. In this selection we see him conversing with his literary enemies, railing against hypocrisy and the vanity of human wealth and power, and taking a wry look at the power of lust and the unsatisfactory nature of deviant sexual practices.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780140447026
(198mm x 129mm x 25mm)
Imprint: Penguin Classics
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Publish Date: 24-Jun-2004
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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True History, Paperback (March 2010)View all books by Lucian
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Author Biography - Lucian
Lucian (AD c.125- c.200) was a Greek writer of prose satires. Many of his works are dialogues where mythological or historical figures are placed in ridiculous situations. He was influential on the later Humanist writers, including Thomas More and Erasmus. Keith Sidwell is Professor of Latin and Greek at University College Cork. He is co-author of the language textbooks Reading Greek and Reading Latin, and author of Reading Medieval Latin and Lucian: a selection. He has published widely on Greek Tragedy, Greek Comedy, Lucian and his influence, and Medieval and Renaissance Latin literature.
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