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Lucian, The Sky-Man, 11


nanGetting safely to the bottom that time, my aspirations shot up aloft. I took to starting from Parnes or Hymettus, flying to Geranea, thence to the top of the Acrocorinthus, and over Pholoe and Erymanthus to Taygetus. The training for my venture was now complete; my powers were developed, and equal to a lofty flight; no more fledgeling essays for me. I went up Olympus, provisioning myself as lightly as possible. The moment was come; I soared skywards, giddy at first with that great void below, but soon conquering this difficulty. When I approached the Moon, long after parting from the clouds, I was conscious of fatigue, especially in the left or vulture’s wing. So I alighted and sat down to rest, having a bird’s eye view of the Earth, like the Homeric Zeus,Surveying now the Thracian horsemen’s land, Now Mysia,and again, as the fancy took me, Greece or Persia or India. From all which I drew a manifold delight.Fr. Oh well, Menippus, tell me all about it. I do not want to miss a single one of your travel experiences; if you picked up any stray information, let me have that too. I promise myself a great many facts about the shape of the Earth, and how everything on it looked to you from your point of vantage.Me. And you will not be disappointed there, friend. So do your best to get up to the Moon, with my story for travelling companion and showman of the terrestrial scene.


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allegory Alexiou and Cairns (2017), Greek Laughter and Tears: Antiquity and After. 65
bakhtin,mikhail Alexiou and Cairns (2017), Greek Laughter and Tears: Antiquity and After. 53
ekphrasis Alexiou and Cairns (2017), Greek Laughter and Tears: Antiquity and After. 66
heterotopias,comic Alexiou and Cairns (2017), Greek Laughter and Tears: Antiquity and After. 65, 66
homer,parody/pastiche Alexiou and Cairns (2017), Greek Laughter and Tears: Antiquity and After. 66
irony Alexiou and Cairns (2017), Greek Laughter and Tears: Antiquity and After. 53
laughter,existential Alexiou and Cairns (2017), Greek Laughter and Tears: Antiquity and After. 53
parody,of classical literature Alexiou and Cairns (2017), Greek Laughter and Tears: Antiquity and After. 65, 66
satire' Alexiou and Cairns (2017), Greek Laughter and Tears: Antiquity and After. 65
satire Alexiou and Cairns (2017), Greek Laughter and Tears: Antiquity and After. 66