Chattering Courtesans: And Other Sardonic Sketches

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A Greek-educated Syrian, Lucian wrote witty pieces that demonstrate a profound skepticism 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 ?Diatribes? he targets a range of subjects, from scandal and money to death, in order to demonstrate the follies of contemporary life. Also included here is Lucian's most famous work, "True Histories," which inspired imaginary voyages, from More's "Utopia" to Swift's "Gulliver's Travels."


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. Keith Sidwell is Professor of Latin and Greek at University College Cork. He is co-author of the language textbooks Reading Greek and Reading Latin, and author of Reading Medieval Latin and Lucian: a selection. He has published widely on Greek Tragedy, Greek Comedy, Lucian and his influence, and Medieval and Renaissance Latin literature.
EAN: 9780140447026
ISBN: 0140447024
Untertitel: Empfohlen ab 18 Jahre. Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: Januar 2005
Seitenanzahl: 528 Seiten
Übersetzer/Sprecher: Übersetzt von Keith Sidwell
Format: kartoniert
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