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Published: 27 August 2009

304 Pages


ISBN: 9780199555932

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Selected Dialogues

Translated by C. D. N. Costa

Oxford World's Classics

  • The Greek satirist Lucian is a key figure in later Greek literature, and was immensely influential on later European literature (Shakespeare used him as a source for Timon of Athens); he invented comic dialogue as a satiric tool.
  • This new translation is both accurate and idiomatic, and as entertaining as the original.
  • The introduction stresses Lucian's importance in his own and later times, making his writing of interest to students across a wide range of disciplines, not to mention TV sit-com scriptwriters.
  • The range of characters in Lucian's satires, from philosophers to courtesans, make them especially accessible to non-specialists.
  • Includes Lucian's most famous piece, A True History, a parody of popular travellers' tales that includes a trip to the moon, an interstellar war, and a whale so big that it contains populated land inside it.

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