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Lucian of Samosata (c. AD 125 – after AD 180) was a rhetorician and satirist who wrote in the Greek language.

Nicolas Perrot d’Ablancourt (1606 – 1664) was a French translator of the Greek and Latin classics into French and a member of the Académie française.

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1697 Lucian of Samosata by Ablancourt Greek Satire Roman Empire Assyrian Barbarian

 

Lucian of Samosata (c. AD 125 – after AD 180) was a rhetorician and satirist who wrote in the Greek language.

 

Nicolas Perrot d’Ablancourt (1606 – 1664) was a French translator of the Greek and Latin classics into French and a member of the Académie française.

 

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Main author: Lucian, of Samosata.; Nicolas Perrot d’ Ablancourt

 

Title: Lucien

 

Published: A Amsterdam : Chez Pierre Mortier …, 1597 [i.e. 1697]

 

Language: French

 

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Lucian of Samosata (/ˈluːʃən, ˈluːsiən/; Ancient Greek: Λουκιανὸς ὁ Σαμοσατεύς, Latin: Lucianus Samosatensis; c. AD 125 – after AD 180) was a rhetorician[1] and satirist who wrote in the Greek language. He is noted for his witty and scoffing nature. Although he wrote solely in Greek, mainly Attic Greek, he was ethnically Assyrian.[2][3] Lucian claimed to be a native speaker of a “barbarian tongue” (Double Indictment, 27) which was most likely Syriac, a dialect of Aramaic.[4]

Contents [hide]

1 Biography

2 Works

3 Language

4 Еditions

5 See also

6 References

7 External links

Biography[edit]

Few details of Lucian’s life can be verified with any degree of accuracy. He claimed to have been born in Samosata, in the former kingdom of Commagene, which had been absorbed by the Roman Empire and made part of the province of Syria. In his works, Lucian refers to himself as an “Assyrian”,[5] and “barbarian”, perhaps indicating “he was from the Semitic and not the imported Greek population” of Samosata.[6] There are more than eighty surviving works attributed to him – declamations, essays both laudatory and sarcastic, satiric epigrams, and comic dialogues and symposia with a satirical cast, studded with quotations in alarming contexts and allusions set in an unusual light, designed to be surprising and provocative. His name added lustre to any entertaining and sarcastic essay: more than 150 surviving manuscripts attest to his continued popularity. The first printed edition of a selection of his works was issued at Florence in 1499. His best known works are A True Story (a romance, patently not “true” at all, which he admits in his introduction to the story), and Dialogues of the Gods (Θεῶν διάλογοι) and Dialogues of the Dead (Νεκρικοὶ Διάλογοι).

Lucian was trained as a rhetorician, a vocation where one pleads in court, composing pleas for others, and teaching the art of pleading. Lucian’s practice was to travel about, giving amusing discourses and witty lectures improvised on the spot, somewhat as a rhapsode had done in declaiming poetry at an earlier period. In this way Lucian travelled through Ionia and mainland Greece, to Italy and even to Gaul, and won much wealth and fame.

Lucian admired the works of Epicurus, for he breaks off a witty satire against Alexander of Abonoteichus, who burned a book of Epicurus, to exclaim:

What blessings that book creates for its readers and what peace, tranquillity, and freedom it engenders in them, liberating them as it does from terrors and apparitions and portents, from vain hopes and extravagant cravings, developing in them intelligence and truth, and truly purifying their understanding, not with torches and squills[clarification needed] and that sort of foolery, but with straight thinking, truthfulness and frankness.[citation needed]

Works[edit]

Main article: List of works by Lucian

There are 70 surviving works attributed to Lucian[7] He wrote in a variety of styles which included comic dialogues, rhetorical essays and prose fiction.

Lucian was also one of the earliest novelists in Western civilization. In A True Story, a fictional narrative work written in prose, he parodies some of the fantastic tales told by Homer in the Odyssey and also the not so fantastic tales from the historian Thucydides.[8][9] He anticipated “modern” fictional themes like voyages to the moon and Venus, extraterrestrial life and wars between planets, nearly two millennia before Jules Verne and H. G. Wells. His novel is widely regarded as an early, if not the earliest science fiction work.[10][11][12][13][14]

Lucian also wrote a satire called The Passing of Peregrinus,[15] in which the lead character, Peregrinus Proteus, takes advantage of the generosity of Christians. This is one of the earliest surviving pagan perceptions of Christianity. His Philopseudes (Φιλοψευδὴς ἤ Ἀπιστῶν, “Lover of Lies or Cheater”) is a frame story which includes the original version of The Sorcerer’s Apprentice.

In his Symposium (Συμπόσιον), far from Plato’s discourse, the diners get drunk, tell smutty tales and behave badly.

The Macrobii (Μακρόβιοι, “long-livers”), which is devoted to longevity, has been attributed to Lucian, although it is generally agreed that he was not the author.[16] It gives some mythical examples like that of Nestor who lived three generations or Tiresias, the blind seer of Thebes, who lived six generations. It tells about the Seres (Chinese) “who are said to live 300 years” or the people of Athos, “who are also said to live 130 years”. Most of the examples of “real” men lived between 80 and 100 years, but ten cases of alleged centenarians are given. It also gives some advice concerning food intake and moderation in general.

Lucian’s Kataplous or Downward Journey was deathbed-reading for David Hume and the source of Nietzsche’s Übermensch or Overman.[17]

There is debate over the authorship of some works transmitted under Lucian’s name, such as De Dea Syria (“On the Syrian goddess”), the Amores and the Ass. These are usually not considered genuine works of Lucian and normally cited under the name of Pseudo-Lucian. The Ass (Λούκιος ἢ ῎Oνος) is probably a summarized version of a story by Lucian and contains largely the same basic plot elements as The Golden Ass (or Metamorphoses) of Apuleius, but with inset tales and a different ending.

Language[edit]

Lucian wrote in the Atticizing Greek popular during the Second Sophistic. He further imitated Herodotus’s Ionic dialect so successfully in his work The Syrian Goddess that some scholars refuse to recognize him as the author.

 

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Authors

Lucian, of Samosata Nicolas Perrot d' Ablancourt

Printing Date

17th Century

Language

French

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