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Chattering Courtesans and Other Sardonic Sketches : Penguin Classics - Lucian

Chattering Courtesans and Other Sardonic Sketches

Penguin Classics

By: Lucian

Paperback Published: 31st January 2005
ISBN: 9780140447026
Number Of Pages: 576
For Ages: 18+ years old

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A Greek-educated Syrian, Lucian was one of the most inventive and scathing satirists of the ancient world, whose witty pieces demonstrate a profound scepticism for religion and philosophy and encourage honest living and good sense. 'Chattering Courtesans' is 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. Other comic dialogues in this volume show Lucian making fun of fanaticism and mocking pretension, hypocrisy and the vanity of human wealth and power, while in the 'Diatribes' he targets a range of subjects, from scandal and money to death, to demonstrate the follies of contemporary life.

In this new translation, Keith Sidwell captures Lucian's lively informal humour and the rich variety of styles he adopted. The introduction discusses the influence of earlier Greek writers and philosophers on Lucian's work, its range and diversity, and its importance in later European culture.

About the Author

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.

In defence of originalityp. 3
'So you think I'm the Prometheus of the literary world?'p. 5
Two charges of literary assaultp. 9
Favourite philosophersp. 33
Demonax the philosopherp. 35
The philosopher Nigrinusp. 48
Damning diatribesp. 67
Slanderp. 69
A few words about mourningp. 81
Old comic dialoguesp. 91
The journey down to Hades, or the tyrantp. 93
Timon the misanthropep. 110
The ship, or prayersp. 133
New comic dialoguesp. 155
Chattering courtesansp. 157
Scythiansp. 193
The scythians, or the honorary consulp. 195
Toxaris, or friendshipp. 202
The art of the eulogyp. 241
An encomium of fatherlandp. 245
Praising a flyp. 249
Imagesp. 254
In defence of 'images'p. 266
About the parasite : proof that parasitic is an artp. 280
The art of the liep. 307
True historiesp. 309
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ISBN: 9780140447026
ISBN-10: 0140447024
Series: Penguin Classics
Audience: General
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 576
Published: 31st January 2005
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.7 x 12.9  x 2.6
Weight (kg): 0.4
Edition Number: 1