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Lucian, The Sky-Man, 16

nanSuch was the entertainment afforded me by royalty; private life was much more amusing; for I could make that out too. I saw Hermodorus the Epicurean perjuring himself for 40 pounds, Agathocles the Stoic suing a pupil for his fees, lawyer Clinias stealing a bowl from the temple of Asclepius, and Herophilus the cynic sleeping in a brothel. Not to mention the multitude of burglars, litigants, usurers, duns; oh, it was a fine representative show!Fr. I must say, Menippus, I should have liked the details here too; it all seems to have been very much to your taste.Me. I could not go through the whole of it, even to please you; to take it in with the eyes kept one busy. But the main divisions were very much what Homer gives from the shield of Achilles: here junketings and marriages, there courts and councils, in another compartment a sacrifice, and hard by a mourning. If I glanced at Getica, I would see the Getae at war; at Scythia, there were the Scythians wandering about on their waggons; half a turn in another direction gave me Egyptians at the plough, or Phoenicians chaffering, Cilician pirates, Spartan flagellants, Athenians at law.

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1. Lucian, The Sky-Man, 18, 17 (2nd cent. CE - 2nd cent. CE)

17. All this was simultaneous, you understand; and you must try to conceive what a queer jumble it all made. It was as if a man were to collect a number of choristers, or rather of choruses, and then tell each individual to disregard the others and start a strain of his own; if each did his best, went his own way, and tried to drown his neighbour, can you imagine what the musical effect would be?Fr. A very ridiculous confusion.Me. Well, friend, such are the earthly dancers; the life of man is just such a discordant performance; not only are the voices jangled, but the steps are not uniform, the motions not concerted, the objects not agreed upon — until the impresario dismisses them one by one from the stage, with a ‘not wanted.’ Then they are all alike, and quiet enough, confounding no longer their undisciplined rival strains. But as long as the show lasts in its marvellous diversity, there is plenty of food for laughter in its vagaries.
2. Lucian, A True Story, 1.26 (2nd cent. CE - 2nd cent. CE)

Subjects of this text:

subject book bibliographic info
achilles Blum and Biggs (2019) 265
eco,travels in hyperreality Mheallaigh (2014) 222
gaiaskopia,ancient Blum and Biggs (2019) 265
homer,shield of achilles Blum and Biggs (2019) 265
lucian,icaromenippus Blum and Biggs (2019) 265
moon (natural satellite) Blum and Biggs (2019) 265
sacrifice Blum and Biggs (2019) 265
true stories,and icaromenippus Mheallaigh (2014) 222
true stories,book division Mheallaigh (2014) 222
true stories,lunar mirror,encyclopaedic mirror Mheallaigh (2014) 222
true stories,lunar mirror,mirrors and mimesis Mheallaigh (2014) 222
true stories,lunar mirror Mheallaigh (2014) 222
true stories,plato's allegory of the cave" Mheallaigh (2014) 222
wandering' Blum and Biggs (2019) 265