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Works of Lucian of Samosata — Volume 01   By: (120-180)

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In "Works of Lucian of Samosata — Volume 01," readers are treated to a collection of satirical and comedic writings from the ancient Greek writer Lucian of Samosata. His clever wit and sharp observations are on full display in this volume, making for a delightful read for anyone interested in ancient literature or humor.

Lucian's works cover a wide range of topics, from the absurdity of superstitions and religious beliefs to the folly of human behavior. His satirical take on society and culture is both entertaining and thought-provoking, offering readers a glimpse into the mindset of ancient Greeks.

The translation in this volume is well-done, capturing the essence of Lucian's style and humor. The footnotes and annotations provided also help to contextualize the writings, making them more accessible to modern readers.

Overall, "Works of Lucian of Samosata — Volume 01" is a fantastic introduction to the works of this influential ancient writer. Lucian's sharp wit and keen observations are sure to entertain and enlighten readers for years to come.

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What work nobler than transplanting foreign thought into the barren domestic soil? except indeed planting thought of your own, which the fewest are privileged to do. Sarlor Resarlus .

At each flaw, be this your first thought: the author doubtless said something quite different, and much more to the point. And then you may hiss me off, if you will. LUCIAN, Nigrinus, 9 .

(LUCIAN) The last great master of Attic eloquence and Attic wit. Lord Macaulay .



The text followed in this translation is that of Jacobitz, Teubner, 1901, all deviations from which are noted.

In the following list of omissions, italics denote that the piece is marked as spurious both by Dindorf and by Jacobitz. The other omissions are mainly by way of expurgation. In a very few other passages some isolated words and phrases have been excised; but it has not been thought necessary to mark these in the texts by asterisks.

Halcyon ; Deorum Dialogi, iv, v, ix, x, xvii, xxii, xxiii; Dialogi Marini, xiii; Vera Historia, I. 22, II. 19; Alexander, 41,42; Eunuchus; De Astrologia ; Amores ; Lucius sive Asinus ; Rhetorum Preceptor, 23; Hippias ; Adversus Indoctum, 23; Pseudologista; Longaevi ; Dialogi Meretricii, v, vi, x; De Syria Dea; Philopatris; Charidemus; Nero ; Tragodopodagra; Ocypus; Epigrammata... Continue reading book >>

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