Chattering Courtesans and Other Sardonic Sketches

Lucian - Author

Keith Sidwell - Translator

Keith Sidwell - Introduction by

Keith Sidwell - Notes by

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ISBN 9780140447026 | 544 pages | 25 Jan 2005 | Penguin Classics | 5.07 x 7.79in | 18 - AND UP
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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.

Further Reading
Tranlator's Note
Note on the Texts

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

Favorite Philosophers
Demonax the Philosophers
The Philosopher Nigrinus

A Few Words About Mourning

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

New Comic Dialogues
Chattering Courtesans

The Scythian, or the Honorary Consul
Toxaris, or Friendship

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

The Art of the Lie
True Histories

Appendix: List of Lucian's Works
Glossary of Names
Index of Names and Subjects
Index of Authors and Works

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