Lucian, Satirist and Artist

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LUCIAN
SATIRIST AND ARTIST

I. CREDENTIALS FOR THE
TWENTIETH CENTURY

LUCIAN'S right to a conspicuous place in Greek literature might seem open to challenge. Born into the barbarian world under Roman sway, of foreign and humble parentage, in the second Christian century, he seems, in race, place and time, sufficiently remote from even the tradition of the great Attic writers. But, as a subject of the Roman Empire, his civic passport was visaed in advance from Syria to Gaul, and his genius, keen if not profound, was destined to naturalize him intellectually as an Athenian.

The canon of classical Greek was, apparently, long since closed but he reopened it by his dramatic contributions to the Satiric Dialogue. He claimed, and not without reason, Aristophanes and Plato as his god-fathers. A Syrian by birth he was only a self-made Greek,

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Illustrations ix
  • I- Credentials for The Twentieth Century 3
  • Ii. Age of the Antonines 14
  • Iii. Life of Lucian 24
  • IV- Extant Writings: Form And Content 37
  • V. Philosophy and Ethics 47
  • Vi. the Supernatural 65
  • VII- Other Dramatic Dialogues: Polemics 100
  • VIII- Lucian's Creditors And Debtors 121
  • Notes 191
  • Condensed Bibliography 203
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