Chattering Courtesans and Other Sardonic Sketches

ISBN-10: 0140447024

ISBN-13: 9780140447026

Edition: 2004

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Lucian was one of the most inventive and scathing satirists of the ancient world. This text features a series of short dialogues in which the amusing gossip of 'kept women' gives rise to a discussion of more serious subjects such as love, sex and marriage.
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List price: $17.00
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 1/25/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 544
Size: 5.50" wide x 7.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

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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