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

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THE WORKS OF LUCIAN OF SAMOSATA

Complete with exceptions specified in the preface

TRANSLATED BY

H. W. FOWLER AND F. G. FOWLER

IN FOUR VOLUMES

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 .

VOLUME I

PREFACE

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.

A word may be said about four pieces that seem to stand apart from the rest. Of these, the Trial in the Court of Vowels and A Slip of the Tongue will be interesting only to those who are familiar with Greek. The Lexiphanes and A Purist Purized , satirizing the pedants and euphuists of Lucian's day, almost defy translation, and they must be accepted at best as an effort to give the general effect of the original.

The Notes explanatory at the end of vol. iv will be used by the reader at his discretion. Reference is made to them at the foot of the page only when it is not obvious what name should be consulted.

The translators take this opportunity of offering their heartiest thanks to the Delegates of the Clarendon Press for undertaking this work; and, in particular, to the Vice Chancellor of Oxford University, Dr. Merry, who has been good enough to read the proofs, and to give much valuable advice both on the difficult subject of excision and on details of style and rendering. In this connexion, however, it should be added that for the retention of many modern phrases, which may offend some readers as anachronistic, responsibility rests with the translators alone.

CONTENTS of VOL. 1

PREFACE

INTRODUCTION

THE VISION

A LITERARY PROMETHEUS

NIGRINUS

TRIAL IN THE COURT OF VOWELS

TIMON THE MISANTHROPE

PROMETHEUS ON CAUCASUS

DIALOGUES OF THE GODS

i, ii, iii, vi, vii, viii, xi, xii, xiii, xiv, xv, xvi, xviii, xix, xx, xxi, xxiv, xxv, xxvi.

DIALOGUES OF THE SEA GODS

i, ii, iii, iv, v, vi, vii, viii, ix, x, xi, xii, xiv, xv.

DIALOGUES OF THE DEAD

I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII, VIII, IX, X, XI, XII, XIII, XIV, XV, XVI, XVII, XVIII, XIX, XX, XXI, XXII, XXIII, XXIV, XXV, XXVI, XXVII, XXVIII, XXIX, XXX.

MENIPPUS

CHARON

OF SACRIFICE

SALE OF CREEDS

THE FISHER

VOYAGE TO THE LOWER WORLD

INTRODUCTION

1. LIFE.

2. PROBABLE ORDER OF WRITINGS.

3. CIRCUMSTANCES OF THE TIME.

4. LUCIAN AS A WRITER.

It is not to be understood that all statements here made are either ascertained facts or universally admitted conjectures. The introduction is intended merely to put those who are not scholars, and probably have not books of reference at hand, in a position to approach the translation at as little disadvantage as may be. Accordingly, we give the account that commends itself to us, without discussion or reference to authorities. Those who would like a more complete idea of Lucian should read Croiset's Essai sur la vie et les oeuvres de Lucien , on which the first two sections of this introduction are very largely based... Continue reading book >>


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