Lucian: Satirical Sketches

Lucian: Satirical Sketches

Translated by Paul Turner
Distribution: World
Publication date: 7/1/1990
Format: paper
ISBN: 978-0-253-20581-0
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“ . . . welcome and timely. It is written in crisp, idiomatic, conversational English, not hobbled by slavish imitation of Lucian’s Greek syntax.” —The Key Reporter

Though Lucian's (A.D. c. 115–200) tendency to debunk everything might well have made him depressing reading, his lighthearted fantasy and wit have always had the opposite effect. His contribution to European literature may be seen in his influence on Rabelais, Erasmus, More, Swift, Voltaire, and Fielding. These sketches present him primarly as a humorous writer, making Lucian's special charm accessible to an age which largely shares his spirit.

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Table of Contents

Introduction

Talks

The Dream

Zeuxis

Sketches

Conversations in Low Society

Mother Knows Best

The Language of True Love

The Results of Shooting a Line

Conversations in High Society

The New Sleeping Partner

Zeus is Indisposed

The Reluctant Parent

A Beauty Competition

Conversations in the Underworld

No Baggage Allowance

Menippus Gets Away With It

A Slight Change of Sex

How To Enjoy Life After Seventy

Charon Sees Life

Menippus Goes to Hell

Icaromenippus

An Interview with Hesiod

Some Awkward Questions for Zeus

Philosophies Going Cheap

Fishing for Phonies

The Pathological Liar

Stories

Alexander

The True History

Notes

Glossary