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Lucian, The Sky-Man, 17


nanAll 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.


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1. Plato, Sophist, None (5th cent. BCE - 4th cent. BCE)

240a. He will feign ignorance of mirrors and water and of sight altogether, and will question you only about that which is deduced from your words. Theaet. What is that? Str. That which exists throughout all these things which you say are many but which you saw fit to call by one name, when you said image of them all, as if they were all one thing. So speak and defend yourself. Do not give way to the man at all. Theaet. Why, Stranger, what can we say an image is, except another such thing fashioned in the likeness of the true one? Str. Do you mean another such true one, or
2. Plato, Theaetetus, None (5th cent. BCE - 4th cent. BCE)

3. Lucian, The Sky-Man, 18, 16 (2nd cent. CE - 2nd cent. CE)

16. Such 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.
4. Lucian, A True Story, 1.26 (2nd cent. CE - 2nd cent. CE)



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eco, travels in hyperreality Mheallaigh, Reading Fiction with Lucian: Fakes, Freaks and Hyperreality (2014) 222
gaiaskopia, ancient Blum and Biggs, The Epic Journey in Greek and Roman Literature (2019) 265
hades\u2002 Luther Hartog and Wilde, Jewish, Christian, and Muslim Travel Experiences: 3rd century BCE – 8th century CE (2024) 61
heaven\u2002 Luther Hartog and Wilde, Jewish, Christian, and Muslim Travel Experiences: 3rd century BCE – 8th century CE (2024) 61
heterotopias, comic Alexiou and Cairns, Greek Laughter and Tears: Antiquity and After (2017) 71
homer, shield of achilles Blum and Biggs, The Epic Journey in Greek and Roman Literature (2019) 265
irony Alexiou and Cairns, Greek Laughter and Tears: Antiquity and After (2017) 53
journey, journey to hades Luther Hartog and Wilde, Jewish, Christian, and Muslim Travel Experiences: 3rd century BCE – 8th century CE (2024) 61
journey, journey to heaven Luther Hartog and Wilde, Jewish, Christian, and Muslim Travel Experiences: 3rd century BCE – 8th century CE (2024) 61
journey, underworld journey Luther Hartog and Wilde, Jewish, Christian, and Muslim Travel Experiences: 3rd century BCE – 8th century CE (2024) 61
laughter, existential Alexiou and Cairns, Greek Laughter and Tears: Antiquity and After (2017) 53
lucian, icaromenippus Blum and Biggs, The Epic Journey in Greek and Roman Literature (2019) 265
menippean literature\u2002 Luther Hartog and Wilde, Jewish, Christian, and Muslim Travel Experiences: 3rd century BCE – 8th century CE (2024) 61
moon (natural satellite) Blum and Biggs, The Epic Journey in Greek and Roman Literature (2019) 265
sacrifice Blum and Biggs, The Epic Journey in Greek and Roman Literature (2019) 265
satire Alexiou and Cairns, Greek Laughter and Tears: Antiquity and After (2017) 71
seneca\u2002' Luther Hartog and Wilde, Jewish, Christian, and Muslim Travel Experiences: 3rd century BCE – 8th century CE (2024) 61
true stories, and icaromenippus Mheallaigh, Reading Fiction with Lucian: Fakes, Freaks and Hyperreality (2014) 222
true stories, book division Mheallaigh, Reading Fiction with Lucian: Fakes, Freaks and Hyperreality (2014) 222
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true stories, lunar mirror, mirrors and mimesis Mheallaigh, Reading Fiction with Lucian: Fakes, Freaks and Hyperreality (2014) 222
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true stories, plato's allegory of the cave" Mheallaigh, Reading Fiction with Lucian: Fakes, Freaks and Hyperreality (2014) 222
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