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*Download Kindle ó Selected Dialogues ⛄ A translation of fourteen of Lucian s dialogues, offering a cross section of his styles and satirical targets, from serious polemic Alexander, Peregrinus to lighter squibs and character portrayals Dialogues of the Courtesans Also included are How to Write History and his most famous piece, A True History, a parody of the popular vogue for fabulous traveler s tales Each piece has a summary introduction, and notes to clarify obscure allusions in the text The Introduction examines in some detail Lucian s importance as a dominant Atticizer in the period of the Second Sophistic, as well as his extraordinarily widespread influence on later European literature Indeed, if you took away these elements of fable from Greece nothing could prevent the local guides from starving to death, as visitors would not want to listen to the truth, even for free Lucian of Samosata was the Voltaire of antiquity witty, scoffing, skeptical, full of fire and imagination He wrote in pure Attic Greek, and preferred to be curt rather than comprehensive His surviving works are short all can be read in one sitting and this was important for Lucian, since he buttered Indeed, if you took away these elements of fable from Greece nothing could prevent the local guides from starving to death, as visitors would not want to listen to the truth, even for free Lucian of Samosata was the Voltaire of antiquity witty, scoffing, skeptical, full of fire and imagination He wrote in pure Attic Greek, and preferred to be curt rather than comprehensive His surviving works are short all can be read in one sitting and this was important for Lucian, since he buttered his bread by traveling from city to city and reading his works aloud His pieces skirt the boundary between Platonic dialogues and pocket dramas Most often he is concerned with some intellectual bugbear, the failings of philosophers and historians, but occasionally he turns his satire upon particular individuals Although he sometimes attempts a philosophical argument, his dialogues are, on the whole, rather shallow intellectually the only exception to this might be his short treatise on the writing of history, which I quite liked He was a satirist, not a philosopher his pen was sharper than his mind The most striking feature of his dialogues, however, is not their satiric power most of his targets are irrelevant nowadays but his expansive imagination His most famous work, True History, describes a fantastic voyage, including a battle between the armies of the sun and the moon, a colony inside a monstrous whale, and a sojourn on the isle of the blessed Lucian is also the originator of the famous story of the sorcerer s apprentice, which Goethe later turned into a play, Paul Dukas turned into a symphonic poem, and Disney turned into a cartoon Although never unpleasant, I must admit that I was seldom entranced by the works here They areinteresting for their historical influence than their intrinsic merit It s hard to imagine Gulliver s Travels or Candide or even the fantastic voyages of Jules Verne without Lucian paving the way Of all the Greco Roman writers of the Second Century, few if any offerpure entertainment than Lucian A Greek writing from about 150 180 AD, Lucian wrote a wide variety of works over the years, but he is best known for inventing the comic dialogue Lucian astutely looked at the dialogue form, a template that had been used for philosophical works since the time of Plato, and recognized how the back and forth that it offered could be rich comic territory.This collection contains a nice sel Of all the Greco Roman writers of the Second Century, few if any offerpure entertainment than Lucian A Greek writing from about 150 180 AD, Lucian wrote a wide variety of works over the years, but he is best known for inventing the comic dialogue Lucian astutely looked at the dialogue form, a template that had been used for philosophical works since the time of Plato, and recognized how the back and forth that it offered could be rich comic territory.This collection contains a nice selection of Lucian s work, containing 14 of his 70 surviving writings, including many of his best known comic dialogues Highlights include A True History An outstanding satire lampooning the wild stories masquerading as history in many ancient texts Probably Lucian s most famous work, and sometimes cited as an early example of science fiction although I think that s a bit of a stretch Very entertaining and deserves its place as his most famous piece.Timon One of the stronger dialogues in Lucian s entire repertoire A very funny description of Timon, a real world misanthrope, and a satirical look at the problems of wealth in general.Lover of Lies or the Sceptic A fun, enjoyable read Also interesting as the original source for The Sorcerer s Apprentice.How to Write History A strong essay I particularly liked Lucian s description of the good historian s goal I t is that, should history ever repeat itself, the records of the past may give present guidance Other essays display Lucian s range and provide interesting windows into Second Century life Lucian has a very pleasant style that s easy to read and fits his lighter subject matter well If I m nitpicking, I would note that I find Lucianclever and smile inducing than laugh out loud funny from a pure comedic perspective, I would put him on the second tier of ancient comedians, just under Aristophanes and Petronius Also, some of his early works are the sort of rhetorical exercises that can make for forgettable or even tedious reading fortunately, only one such work is present in this collection, The Fly But overall, this was highly pleasurable reading Lucian is not only consistently funny, but his use of the dialogue format allows him to insert philosophical discussions and insights into second century life in an organic way that is almost always interesting without being heavy handed Lucian is not only a unique voice from the ancient world, he is one of the most entertaining as well 4 stars, recommended For any fan of Greek literature, Lucian 120 180 AD is a wonkish delight He began his career as a rhetorician for hire, preparing court arguments for whomever needed them As his fame grew, he traveled the Roman Empire delivering humorous speeches in whatever town he found himself Does this make him a Second Century David Sedaris In his hands dialogues tend to consist of a brief exchange followed by a long first person account of whatever subject he is addressing Most often those subjec For any fan of Greek literature, Lucian 120 180 AD is a wonkish delight He began his career as a rhetorician for hire, preparing court arguments for whomever needed them As his fame grew, he traveled the Roman Empire delivering humorous speeches in whatever town he found himself Does this make him a Second Century David Sedaris In his hands dialogues tend to consist of a brief exchange followed by a long first person account of whatever subject he is addressing Most often those subjects are philosophers he finds absurd or second century charlatans who made their living selling snake oil to both country rubes and members of the royal court Also included is A True History, Lucian s foray into fantastic travelogue His contribution to this popular genre, he says, is his admission that every detail of his account is a lie