Lucian Selected Dialogues

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2009-11-02
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

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The Greek satirist Lucian was a brilliantly entertaining writer who invented the comic dialogue as a vehicle for satiric comment. His influence was immense, not only on the Greek world, but on later European writers such as Rabelais and Swift. His dialogues puncture the pretensions of pompous philosophers and describe the daily lives of Greek courtesans; they are peopled by politicians, historians, and ordinary citizens, as well as by gods and mythic figures. This lively new translation is both accurately idiomatic and as entertaining as the original. It provides a cross section of Lucian's styles and satirical targets, from serious polemic to lighter squibs and character portrayals, and includes How to Write History and his most famous piece, A True History, a fabulous take of space travel and a monstrous whale which prefigures the fantasies of Jules Verne. The introduction highlights Lucian's importance both in his own and later times.

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