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Works by Lucian
Book DescriptionLucian (ca. 120190 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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Book DetailsISBN: 9780674993334
(170mm x 110mm x 23mm)
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publish Date: 1-Jul-1987
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Lucian
Menippus et Timon, Paperback (August 2013)
Originally published in 1904, this book contains the Greek text of two of Lucian's satirical dialogues, Menippus and Timon.
Cynic Philosophers, Paperback (December 2012)
From their founding in the fifth century BC and for over 800 years, the Cynic philosophers sought to cure humanity of greed and vice with their proposal of living simply. This title examines the public image of the Cynics through the ages, as well as the philosophy's contradictions and how their views on women were centuries ahead of their time.
True History, Paperback (March 2010)View all books by Lucian
"True History", Lucian's best-known work, is a parody of the tall stories of fantastic journeys narrated by famous poets and historians. "Lucius, or the Ass", a satirical novel charting the adventures of a young man who has been transformed into a donkey, is usually attributed to Lucian and is thought to be a source of Apuleius' "Golden Ass".
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