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Read & Download Ware verhalen Ü PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ¿ Widely hailed as the first science fiction story A True Story by Lucian of Samosata is a voyage to the edges of the universe and reason The title is the first clue that this will be a tall tale As much a predecessor of Douglas Adams as Jules Verne Lucian s fantasy explorWidely hailed as the first science fiction story A True Story by Lucian of Samosata is a voyage to the edges of the universe and reason The title is the first clue that this will be a tall tale As much a predecessor of Douglas Adams as Jules Verne Lucian s fantasy explores not only outer s. A witty treatise against fake historians and philosophers composed of mostly lies Trips to the Moon is an early example of science fiction and a satire of travel tales a kind of Gulliver s Travels The author and his companions seek out adventures sailing westward through the Pillars of Hercules They meet men of different species even Moon people who were at war with the king of the Sun were swallowed by a great whale and reached a sea of milk an island of cheese and the isle of the bles A witty treatise against fake historians and philosophers composed of mostly lies Trips to the Moon is an early example of science fiction and a satire of travel tales a kind of Gulliver s Travels The author and his companions seek out adventures sailing westward through the Pillars of Hercules They meet men of different species even Moon people who were at war with the king of the Sun were swallowed by a great whale and reached a sea of milk an island of cheese and the isle of the blessed There they meets the heroes of the Trojan War other mythical men and animals and even Homer They find Herodotus being eternally punished for the lies he published in his The HistoriesPS the author does not hold Thucydides in high esteem either

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Pace where he brokers war and peace between the inhabitants of the sun and moon but also the Elysian fields the geography of the Odyssey and the interior of a giant whale We get to meet Homer Pythagoras Socrates and other immortals as well as a host of bizarre creatures The text is riddled. This is a collection of three or four works depending on how you count by Lucian I will approach them in the reverse order from how they are presented in the book as I found the book got better and better and thus the best material comes lastThe last work in the collection is Icaro Menippus Wikipedia gives a very fair and succinct summary Imitating Icarus Menippus makes himself a pair of wings and flies up to the gods where he learns that Zeus has decided to destroy all philosophers as This is a collection of three or four works depending on how you count by Lucian I will approach them in the reverse order from how they are presented in the book as I found the book got better and better and thus the best material comes lastThe last work in the collection is Icaro Menippus Wikipedia gives a very fair and succinct summary Imitating Icarus Menippus makes himself a pair of wings and flies up to the gods where he learns that Zeus has decided to destroy all philosophers as useless Of course along the way Menippus the Cynic after whom the Menippean satire is named makes a stop on the moon so as to look down and observe our earth with it s petty problems and concerns and discovers what a great mess the philosophers make of everything This book is written as a dialog it s entertaining and maturely written even as Lucian is probably guilty of some lousy philosophizing himself I almost missed reading this because my main interest had been to read his True History which I happen to have gotten another translation of in a different collection but I am glad that I went ahead and read Icaro Menippus which is perhaps less fanciful than the True History but it spointedThe True History in two books is what Lucian is most famous for and this is most likely because it s his most exotic work The second book is a better reading experience than the first but not to a large degree and together they re a continuous work The book is about as far out and fanciful as one can get It suffers a bit from the fact that Lucian wrote it mainly as a lark and did not fully embrace his own effort until he had gotten up a bit of steam and started to discover that he need not only mock the excesses of other authors he can actually have fun with and make something of this inventive literary style But the startling thing about the book is mainly its place in literary history It is a surviving work from an age whose literature is mainly lost and it seems a prototype of so much of the later inventive works of geniuses in other ages One can see Rabelais Cyrano de Bergerac Swift Voltaire Calvino even looking a bit further afield you can see Roussel and Jary in this book I believe the later wits and aesthetes wereaccomplished but here we have their prototype Cyrano by the way is the one who seems most directly influenced by Lucian as their moon travel stories intersect at multiple points yet they remain uite distinct works in both style and substanceThe first work in the collection is Lucian s instructions for writing history which he titled Instructions for Writing History It is a letter to a friend in which Lucian first points out the faults of many contemporary and earlier historians then lays out his ideas for how history should actually be written As a critic he certainly has his points though his wit is not uite as sharp and entertaining as his reputation would have it This islike the kinds of uibbles and snipes he would most likely have preferred to post to his blog if he d had one For example he gets rather snooty about issues of dialect But surely one must appreciate the absurdity of his one contemporary who believed that Parthian Dragons were actual giant serpents carried upon poles which could be unleashed to destroy the enemy when in fact they were pennants used for signaling which represented military units of 1000 soldiers Anyway when Lucian goes on to disclose his own theories on how history should be written they turn out to be uite good and reasonable They also would be regarded ascontroversial in his day whereas they now represent the standard way we think of history historians should write what actually happened rather than lionizing flattering condemning praising and fabricating for the purpose of making athrilling or inspirational tale Historians should not be self serving either but rather they should write for the benefit of posterity These are the ideals which are generally espoused today even if our own historians may often fall short of reaching the ideal and even while there may be legitimate argument to support a different approach to historyIn summation I would say that anyone curious about Lucian would do well to read Icaro Menippus and True History next and probably everything if you re of a mind to But now you have my takeOh yeah onething The freebie translation on Gutenberg is a good read while the translator Thomas Francklin writes many notes which well he may just be the kind of commenter that inspired Kinbote in Nabokov s Pale Fire Ie he s just a bit nutty He somewhat inappropriately inserts his own opinions and interpretations from time to time okay not all that crazy but I imagine Nabokov may have been frustrated by guys like him and I can imagine what a bizarre meta novel would have occurred if Lucian could have written a parody of the work of his own translator commenter

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Ware verhalenWith puns innuendo parody and satire however most of this humor will escape the modern reader Suffice it to say that this was considered pretty funny in the second century AD The narrative breaks off in the second book Whether there were adventures or Lucian just ran out of ideas is unkno. A lot of fun to translate It s so ridiculous at points you can t help but fall over in laughter I mean dog sparrows spiders as big as islands cork people islands of cheese And don t even get me STARTED on the moon men We can deduce from what we have of ancient works of literature that he was a satirical genius