Selected Satires of Lucian

ISBN-10: 0393004430
ISBN-13: 9780393004434
Edition: N/A
Authors: Lionel Casson, Lucian
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Book details

List price: $23.95
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 4/17/1968
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 400
Size: 5.00" wide x 7.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

Lionel Casson, professor emeritus of classics at New York University has written many books on ancient maritime history and ancient travel.

Lucian, the wit and satirist, was a brilliant Greek writer in the time of the Roman Empire. He was born in Samosata, Syria. He traveled and lectured in Italy, Asia Minor, and Gaul; and in later life, held a government position in Egypt. Of nearly 80 works, the most important and characteristic are his essays written in dialogue form. "Dialogues of the Gods," which satirizes mythology; "Dialogues of the Dead," which are expositions of human vanity; and "The Sale of Lives," which satirizes various schools of philosophy. He is a good critical source for ancient art and for information about his literary contemporaries. "The True History," a nonsense fantasy and parody of adventure stories, influenced Rabelais, Swift 1), and Voltaire.

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