Chattering Courtesans and Other Sardonic Sketches

Chattering Courtesans and Other Sardonic Sketches


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  • Paperback
  • ISBN 9780140447026
  • 544 Pages
  • Penguin Classics
  • Adult

Overview

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.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Further Reading
Tranlator’s Note
Note on the Texts
Maps

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

Favorite Philosophers
Preface
Demonax the Philosophers
The Philosopher Nigrinus


Preface
Slander
A Few Words About Mourning

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

New Comic Dialogues
Preface
Chattering Courtesans

Scythians
Preface
The Scythian, or the Honorary Consul
Toxaris, or Friendship

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

The Art of the Lie
Preface
True Histories

Appendix: List of Lucian’s Works
Notes
Glossary of Names
References
Index of Names and Subjects
Index of Authors and Works

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