- Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
- Format: Hardback | 250 pages
- Language: English / Greek, Ancient (to 1453)
- Dimensions: 140mm x 216mm x 16mm | 458g
- Publication date: 22 December 2008
- Publication City/Country: Cambridge
- ISBN 10: 052184200X
- ISBN 13: 9780521842006
- Edition: 1
Lucian of Samosata is one of the most brilliant and wide-ranging writers from antiquity, and yet few commentaries are available for those who wish to read Lucian in Greek. This edition presents a selection of rhetorical and satirical works in the original Greek illustrating his range, wit and literary sophistication. Texts include both more and less well-known texts such as The Dream, The Fly, Timon, A Literary Prometheus, Sigma versus Tau and Dialogues of the Sea-Gods. The Introduction discusses his place in the Second Sophistic and his relationship to Cynic philosophy, and each section of commentary is preceded by a literary appraisal. The commentary is aimed primarily at advanced undergraduates and graduate students.
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NEIL HOPKINSON is Director of Studies and College Lecturer in Classics at Trinity College, Cambridge. He is the author of three previous commentaries in the Cambridge Greek and Latin Classics series, including A Hellenistic Anthology (1988) and Ovid: Metamorphoses Book XIII (2000).
Table of contents
Introduction; The Dream; 'You're a Literary Promethius'; The Ignorant Book-collector; Praise of the Fly; Sigma vs Tau; Timon; Dialogues of the Sea-Gods; Commentary.