Chattering Courtesans and Other Sardonic Sketches

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Penguin UK, Jun 24, 2004 - Literary Collections - 576 pages
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Described 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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Funny observations by a true Roman wit. Sometimes I laughed out loud. Still relevant today because we still have the same characters running loose! Very enjoyable. Read full review

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When reading Lucian, one has to appreciate his imagination and sense of humor above all else. He was not out to make a dogmatic stance for or against certain issues or ideas. On the contrary. Lucian ... Read full review

Contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction
Further Reading
Translators Note
Note on the Texts
Maps
IN DEFENCE OF ORIGINALITY
SO YOU THINK IM THE PROMETHEUS OF THE LITERARY WORLD?
CHATTERING COURTESANS1
SCYTHIANS
THE SCYTHIAN OR THE HONORARY CONSUL1
TOXARIS OR FRIENDSHIP
THE ART OF THE EULOGY
AN ENCOMIUM OF FATHERLAND1
PRAISING A FLY
IMAGES1

TWO CHARGES OF LITERARY ASSAULT
FAVOURITE PHILOSOPHERS
DEMONAX THE PHILOSOPHER
THE PHILOSOPHER NIGRINUS
DAMNING DIATRIBES
SLANDER
A FEW WORDS ABOUT MOURNING
OLD COMIC DIALOGUES
THE JOURNEY DOWN TO HADES OR THE TYRANT1
TIMON THE MISANTHROPE
THE SHIP OR PRAYERS
NEW COMIC DIALOGUES
IN DEFENCE OF IMAGES
PROOF THAT PARASITIC IS AN ART1
THE ART OF THE LIE
TRUE HISTORIES
List of Lucians Works
Notes
Glossary of Names
References
Index of Names and Subjects
Index of Authors and Works
Copyright

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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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