Selected Satires of Lucian ePUB ☆ Selected Satires

Selected Satires of Lucian ePUB ☆ Selected Satires


Selected Satires of Lucian ☃ Selected Satires of Lucian PDF / Epub ✑ Author Lucian of Samosata – Capitalsoftworks.co.uk Lucian, born in Syria in the second century CE came to Greece at an early age and mastered its language and literature He took up law, left it for public speaking, then turned to full time writing, pr Lucian, born in Syria in the second century CE came to Greece at an early age and mastered its language and literature He took up law, left it for public speaking, then turned to full time writing, producing the wide range of subject matter and literary form which is represented in this collectionA master of the vivid scene, Lucian used his pungent style to ridicule the tyrants, prophets, waning gods, and hypocrite philosophers Selected Satires ePUB ´ of his own day and the centuries preceding him His most typical genre is a parody of a Platonic dialogue, but he also excelled in straight narrative, as in the elaborate spoof A True Story and the old folk tale outrageously retold, Lucius, the Ass His skeptical mind and imaginative irony have influenced generations of artists and writers, and now in Professor Casson s new translations can be freshly enjoyed today.

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  • 400 pages
  • Selected Satires of Lucian
  • Lucian of Samosata
  • English
  • 25 December 2017
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About the Author: Lucian of Samosata

Lucian of Samosata was an Assyrian rhetorician, and satirist who wrote in the Greek language He is noted for his witty and scoffing nature Taken from Wikipedia.



10 thoughts on “Selected Satires of Lucian

  1. Leonardo Leonardo says:

    Marx dijo c lebremente que la historia se produce primero como tragedia y despu s como farsa los antiguos griegos se despidieron de sus dioses recurriendo a las s tiras de Luciano, ri ndose de ellos Sin embargo, como muchos agudos comentaristas han se alado, algunas veces este orden puede invertirse lo que empieza como farsa puede acabar en tragedia A finales de la d cada de los veinte, por ejemplo, Hitler y su marginal partido eran universalmente ridiculizados como payasos y bufones Vivien Marx dijo c lebremente que la historia se produce primero como tragedia y despu s como farsa los antiguos griegos se despidieron de sus dioses recurriendo a las s tiras de Luciano, ri ndose de ellos Sin embargo, como muchos agudos comentaristas han se alado, algunas veces este orden puede invertirse lo que empieza como farsa puede acabar en tragedia A finales de la d cada de los veinte, por ejemplo, Hitler y su marginal partido eran universalmente ridiculizados como payasos y bufones Viviendo en el Final de los Tiempos P g.263

  2. Spencer Alexander McDaniel Spencer Alexander McDaniel says:

    Lucian of Samosata is one of my absolute favorite classical authors The renowned English writer Henry Fielding once called Lucian almost like the true father of humour and I almost agree with that assessment If not the true father of humor, I think I would feel comfortable calling Lucian the true father of satire Lucian may have died in the late second century AD, but his works are never out of date As long as there are people who believe in foolishness and other people who love to Lucian of Samosata is one of my absolute favorite classical authors The renowned English writer Henry Fielding once called Lucian almost like the true father of humour and I almost agree with that assessment If not the true father of humor, I think I would feel comfortable calling Lucian the true father of satire Lucian may have died in the late second century AD, but his works are never out of date As long as there are people who believe in foolishness and other people who love to laugh at that foolishness, Lucian will remain perpetually relevant.Lucian is the kind of author who is just genuinely enjoyable to read, even for ordinary people who are not classics scholars Unlike so many other classical humorists, Lucian is only occasionally obscene or crude Aristophanes might often rely upon fart jokes and sex to make his audiences laugh, but Lucian normally relies upon pure, distilled wit As Casson notes in his introduction, Lucian is no great philosopher you will find no exhaustive philosophical arguments from him Nevertheless, as a satirist, he is virtually unrivalled He may not be especially wise, but he is extraordinarily clever.Lucian calls out malarkey whenever he sees it and he spares no one from his biting sarcasm A perennial skeptic, Lucian routinely mocks popular superstitions and new religious movements including Christianity , but he carries his skeptical inclinations even further Lucian even dares to ridicule many traditional Greek beliefs about the gods His Dialogues of the Gods included in this volume , for instance, is a satire exposing the inherent absurdities of Greek mythology.Since Lucian s work is so brilliant, it is unfortunate that so many modern English translations of Lucian s writings are truly terrible A M Harmon s 1913 translation for the Loeb Classical Library is dense and archaic, barely readable H W Fowler and F G Fowler s 1905 translation of all Lucian s works writings is a little better Lionel Casson s translation, however, is the best of all the translations I have read Casson s translation is written in engaging and thoroughly readable mid twentieth century English, rather than the ponderous and archaizing English of so many earlier translations.One disappointment I had with this book is that Casson does not include all of Lucian s extant works and he actually leaves out a few of Lucian s most famous works Notable omissions from this volume include classics such as The Lover of Lies, On the Syrian Goddess, and How to Write History Nevertheless, Casson has managed to include most of Lucian s most iconic works.My other disappointment is the fact that Casson s introduction and notes are a bit outdated For instance, Casson treats much of what Lucian says in his writings as autobiographical, but modern scholars have come to seriously question the supposed autobiographical nature of works such as The Dream Casson also does not talk much about how Lucian s identity as a Syrian who had adopted Greek culture and language may have influenced his writings whereas this has become a major subject of study in recent years.Overall, though, Selected Satires of Lucian is an excellent work and I highly recommend it to anyone who has an interest in ancient literature

  3. Coyle Coyle says:

    Excellent selection and translation of a delightful ancient author Lucian of Samosata 125 180 was a lawyer and satirist in the ancient world The writings selected here and translated into modern English are those which highlight both Lucian s sense of humor and his dedication to ridding the world of charaltans and philosophical hucksters Included in this volume are two novellas A True Story a parody of the Odyssey and Lucius the Ass in which a man is turned into a donkey a seri Excellent selection and translation of a delightful ancient author Lucian of Samosata 125 180 was a lawyer and satirist in the ancient world The writings selected here and translated into modern English are those which highlight both Lucian s sense of humor and his dedication to ridding the world of charaltans and philosophical hucksters Included in this volume are two novellas A True Story a parody of the Odyssey and Lucius the Ass in which a man is turned into a donkey a series of dialogues mocking the extremes of religion and philosophy and two letters, Alexander the False Prophet which exposes a man who had swindled a small town by claiming to speak for the gods and The Death of Peregrinus which exposes the hypocrisy of a man who killed himself in the name of philosophy Even better, here is finally an atheist or at least an agnostic who is worth picking up and skimming through Really, the number of anti religion in general writers I ve come across who aren t just polemical ranters is so small that it s always refreshing to find one who is honest, thoughtful, and consistent in his beliefs Lucian is all of these things, with a wicked sense of humor to boot

  4. Stuart Stuart says:

    Written in the mid 100 s AD this book of Satires is a nice read I love how he prefaces A True Story saying everything I m about to tell you is a lie and then spins a tale of weird creatures and strange lands influencing Gulliver s Travels or Hieronymus Bosch centuries later.His most famous story Lucius, The Ass must have been a predecessor to Kafka s Metamorphosis.Many of the other satires I skimmed as Lucian is poking fun at the Roman gods which is so before last millennium But Alaxa Written in the mid 100 s AD this book of Satires is a nice read I love how he prefaces A True Story saying everything I m about to tell you is a lie and then spins a tale of weird creatures and strange lands influencing Gulliver s Travels or Hieronymus Bosch centuries later.His most famous story Lucius, The Ass must have been a predecessor to Kafka s Metamorphosis.Many of the other satires I skimmed as Lucian is poking fun at the Roman gods which is so before last millennium But Alaxander the Quack Prophet is a classic character assassination hit job on a prophet in his time who Lucius accuses of being a con man It struck me as a proto Elmer Gantry take down of modern day televangelists or gurus All in all, an easy and entertaining read for the 2nd century AD from one of the foremost skeptics and critics of the ancient world, skewering all that is superstitious and false

  5. Angie Angie says:

    Fantastic This book contains a great selection of Lucian s varied writings The best ones are the original Golden Ass and the Dialogues of the Dead Everything in here is damned hilarious The translation itself is easy to read, but there were a few oddities, such as Greek money translated as American dollars.

  6. Steve Steve says:

    Kind of an uneven collection but still nice variety of writing I think Dialogues of the Dead , Alexander the False Prophet and The Death of Peregrinus standout Might wanna brush up on Homer s Iliad and Odyssey before tackling this one in that there are many MANY references to them throughout.

  7. Dan Wilbur Dan Wilbur says:

    Unfinished college thesis on this man The original stand up comic and sketch writer using Greek gods.

  8. Geoffrey Geoffrey says:

    Worth it for the Little Nemo in Slumberland esque True Hisory.

  9. Kurt Koller Kurt Koller says:

    Can t speak to the quality of translation, but I enjoyed it well enough More research for my Ferryman novel.

  10. Cassandra Cassandra says:

    I keep trying to read these ancient Roman works and discovering that I do not really enjoy them, at all.

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10 thoughts on “Selected Satires of Lucian

  1. Leonardo Leonardo says:

    Marx dijo c lebremente que la historia se produce primero como tragedia y despu s como farsa los antiguos griegos se despidieron de sus dioses recurriendo a las s tiras de Luciano, ri ndose de ellos Sin embargo, como muchos agudos comentaristas han se alado, algunas veces este orden puede invertirse lo que empieza como farsa puede acabar en tragedia A finales de la d cada de los veinte, por ejemplo, Hitler y su marginal partido eran universalmente ridiculizados como payasos y bufones Vivien Marx dijo c lebremente que la historia se produce primero como tragedia y despu s como farsa los antiguos griegos se despidieron de sus dioses recurriendo a las s tiras de Luciano, ri ndose de ellos Sin embargo, como muchos agudos comentaristas han se alado, algunas veces este orden puede invertirse lo que empieza como farsa puede acabar en tragedia A finales de la d cada de los veinte, por ejemplo, Hitler y su marginal partido eran universalmente ridiculizados como payasos y bufones Viviendo en el Final de los Tiempos P g.263

  2. Spencer Alexander McDaniel Spencer Alexander McDaniel says:

    Lucian of Samosata is one of my absolute favorite classical authors The renowned English writer Henry Fielding once called Lucian almost like the true father of humour and I almost agree with that assessment If not the true father of humor, I think I would feel comfortable calling Lucian the true father of satire Lucian may have died in the late second century AD, but his works are never out of date As long as there are people who believe in foolishness and other people who love to Lucian of Samosata is one of my absolute favorite classical authors The renowned English writer Henry Fielding once called Lucian almost like the true father of humour and I almost agree with that assessment If not the true father of humor, I think I would feel comfortable calling Lucian the true father of satire Lucian may have died in the late second century AD, but his works are never out of date As long as there are people who believe in foolishness and other people who love to laugh at that foolishness, Lucian will remain perpetually relevant.Lucian is the kind of author who is just genuinely enjoyable to read, even for ordinary people who are not classics scholars Unlike so many other classical humorists, Lucian is only occasionally obscene or crude Aristophanes might often rely upon fart jokes and sex to make his audiences laugh, but Lucian normally relies upon pure, distilled wit As Casson notes in his introduction, Lucian is no great philosopher you will find no exhaustive philosophical arguments from him Nevertheless, as a satirist, he is virtually unrivalled He may not be especially wise, but he is extraordinarily clever.Lucian calls out malarkey whenever he sees it and he spares no one from his biting sarcasm A perennial skeptic, Lucian routinely mocks popular superstitions and new religious movements including Christianity , but he carries his skeptical inclinations even further Lucian even dares to ridicule many traditional Greek beliefs about the gods His Dialogues of the Gods included in this volume , for instance, is a satire exposing the inherent absurdities of Greek mythology.Since Lucian s work is so brilliant, it is unfortunate that so many modern English translations of Lucian s writings are truly terrible A M Harmon s 1913 translation for the Loeb Classical Library is dense and archaic, barely readable H W Fowler and F G Fowler s 1905 translation of all Lucian s works writings is a little better Lionel Casson s translation, however, is the best of all the translations I have read Casson s translation is written in engaging and thoroughly readable mid twentieth century English, rather than the ponderous and archaizing English of so many earlier translations.One disappointment I had with this book is that Casson does not include all of Lucian s extant works and he actually leaves out a few of Lucian s most famous works Notable omissions from this volume include classics such as The Lover of Lies, On the Syrian Goddess, and How to Write History Nevertheless, Casson has managed to include most of Lucian s most iconic works.My other disappointment is the fact that Casson s introduction and notes are a bit outdated For instance, Casson treats much of what Lucian says in his writings as autobiographical, but modern scholars have come to seriously question the supposed autobiographical nature of works such as The Dream Casson also does not talk much about how Lucian s identity as a Syrian who had adopted Greek culture and language may have influenced his writings whereas this has become a major subject of study in recent years.Overall, though, Selected Satires of Lucian is an excellent work and I highly recommend it to anyone who has an interest in ancient literature

  3. Coyle Coyle says:

    Excellent selection and translation of a delightful ancient author Lucian of Samosata 125 180 was a lawyer and satirist in the ancient world The writings selected here and translated into modern English are those which highlight both Lucian s sense of humor and his dedication to ridding the world of charaltans and philosophical hucksters Included in this volume are two novellas A True Story a parody of the Odyssey and Lucius the Ass in which a man is turned into a donkey a seri Excellent selection and translation of a delightful ancient author Lucian of Samosata 125 180 was a lawyer and satirist in the ancient world The writings selected here and translated into modern English are those which highlight both Lucian s sense of humor and his dedication to ridding the world of charaltans and philosophical hucksters Included in this volume are two novellas A True Story a parody of the Odyssey and Lucius the Ass in which a man is turned into a donkey a series of dialogues mocking the extremes of religion and philosophy and two letters, Alexander the False Prophet which exposes a man who had swindled a small town by claiming to speak for the gods and The Death of Peregrinus which exposes the hypocrisy of a man who killed himself in the name of philosophy Even better, here is finally an atheist or at least an agnostic who is worth picking up and skimming through Really, the number of anti religion in general writers I ve come across who aren t just polemical ranters is so small that it s always refreshing to find one who is honest, thoughtful, and consistent in his beliefs Lucian is all of these things, with a wicked sense of humor to boot

  4. Stuart Stuart says:

    Written in the mid 100 s AD this book of Satires is a nice read I love how he prefaces A True Story saying everything I m about to tell you is a lie and then spins a tale of weird creatures and strange lands influencing Gulliver s Travels or Hieronymus Bosch centuries later.His most famous story Lucius, The Ass must have been a predecessor to Kafka s Metamorphosis.Many of the other satires I skimmed as Lucian is poking fun at the Roman gods which is so before last millennium But Alaxa Written in the mid 100 s AD this book of Satires is a nice read I love how he prefaces A True Story saying everything I m about to tell you is a lie and then spins a tale of weird creatures and strange lands influencing Gulliver s Travels or Hieronymus Bosch centuries later.His most famous story Lucius, The Ass must have been a predecessor to Kafka s Metamorphosis.Many of the other satires I skimmed as Lucian is poking fun at the Roman gods which is so before last millennium But Alaxander the Quack Prophet is a classic character assassination hit job on a prophet in his time who Lucius accuses of being a con man It struck me as a proto Elmer Gantry take down of modern day televangelists or gurus All in all, an easy and entertaining read for the 2nd century AD from one of the foremost skeptics and critics of the ancient world, skewering all that is superstitious and false

  5. Angie Angie says:

    Fantastic This book contains a great selection of Lucian s varied writings The best ones are the original Golden Ass and the Dialogues of the Dead Everything in here is damned hilarious The translation itself is easy to read, but there were a few oddities, such as Greek money translated as American dollars.

  6. Steve Steve says:

    Kind of an uneven collection but still nice variety of writing I think Dialogues of the Dead , Alexander the False Prophet and The Death of Peregrinus standout Might wanna brush up on Homer s Iliad and Odyssey before tackling this one in that there are many MANY references to them throughout.

  7. Dan Wilbur Dan Wilbur says:

    Unfinished college thesis on this man The original stand up comic and sketch writer using Greek gods.

  8. Geoffrey Geoffrey says:

    Worth it for the Little Nemo in Slumberland esque True Hisory.

  9. Kurt Koller Kurt Koller says:

    Can t speak to the quality of translation, but I enjoyed it well enough More research for my Ferryman novel.

  10. Cassandra Cassandra says:

    I keep trying to read these ancient Roman works and discovering that I do not really enjoy them, at all.

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