Chattering Courtesans And Other Sardonic Sketches by Keith LucianChattering Courtesans And Other Sardonic Sketches by Keith Lucian

Chattering Courtesans And Other Sardonic Sketches

byKeith LucianTranslated byKeith SidwellIntroduction byKeith Sidwell

Paperback | January 25, 2005

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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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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 ...
Title:Chattering Courtesans And Other Sardonic SketchesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:544 pages, 7.79 × 5.12 × 1.05 inPublished:January 25, 2005Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Further Reading
Tranlator's Note
Note on the Texts

In Defence of Originality
So you Think I'm the Prometheus of the Literary World?
Two Charges of Literary Assault

Favorite Philosophers
Demonax the Philosophers
The Philosopher Nigrinus

A Few Words About Mourning

Old Comic Dialogues
The Journey Down to Hades, or the Tyrant
Timon the Misanthrope
The Ship, or Prayers

New Comic Dialogues
Chattering Courtesans

The Scythian, or the Honorary Consul
Toxaris, or Friendship

The Art of the Eulogy
An Encomium of Fatherland
Praising a Fly
In Defence of Images
About the Parasite: Proof That Parasitic is an Art

The Art of the Lie
True Histories

Appendix: List of Lucian's Works
Glossary of Names
Index of Names and Subjects
Index of Authors and Works