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Lucian, The Sky-Man, 18

nanThe people who most amused me, however, were those who dispute about boundaries, or pride themselves on cultivating the plain of Sicyon, or holding the Oenoe side of Marathon, or a thousand acres at Acharnae. The whole of Greece, as I then saw it, might measure some four inches; how much smaller Athens on the same scale. So I realized what sort of sized basis for their pride remains to our rich men. The widest acred of them all, methought, was the proud cultivator of an Epicurean atom. Then I looked at the Peloponnese, my eyes fell on the Cynurian district, and the thought occurred that it was for this little plot, no broader than an Egyptian lentil, that all those Argives and Spartans fell in a single day. Or if I saw a man puffed up by the possession of seven or eight gold rings and half as many gold cups, again my lungs would begin to crow; why, Pangaeus with all its mines was about the size of a grain of millet.Fr. You lucky man! what a rare sight you had! And how big, now, did the towns and the people look from there?

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1. Lucian, The Sky-Man, 17, 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.
2. Lucian, A True Story, 1.26 (2nd cent. CE - 2nd cent. CE)

Subjects of this text:

subject book bibliographic info
boundaries Blum and Biggs (2019) 278, 282
eco,travels in hyperreality Mheallaigh (2014) 222
gaiaskopia,modern Blum and Biggs (2019) 278, 282
lucian,icaromenippus Blum and Biggs (2019) 282
moon (natural satellite) Blum and Biggs (2019) 278, 282
nasa (national aeronautics and space administration) Blum and Biggs (2019) 278
phaedo,theaetetus Blum and Biggs (2019) 282
rome,boundaries of Blum and Biggs (2019) 278
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
view,cosmic' Blum and Biggs (2019) 282