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True History and Lucius or The Ass

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Unknown Binding, 108 pages
Published January 1st 1974 by Indiana University Press
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Jul 29, 2014 virgodura rated it really liked it
Saw it in the sorting area and thought, why not.
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This is a novel containing two short stories, ‘True History’ and ‘Lucius or the Ass’. These two stories are interesting mainly due to their historical relevance. They were written by an unknown, ancient Syrian. It’s always fun to read stories written thousands of years ago. It’s hard to fathom what people’s lives were like back then and an entertaining story can bridge the gap and allow the reader a glimpse into the past. At first I thought these stories might make a good children’s tale. They ...more
I received a copy of this through Inter-Library Loan and it appears to be an earlier printing of this same title, again from Indiana University Press, published in 1958, translated by Paul Turner and illustrated by Hellmuth Weissenborn.

I read True History as a part of my ongoing review of the genesis and development of science fiction literature. Lucian's tale, written sometime before 200 A.D., is occasionally included in lists of SF precursors only because it is the earliest known work of ficti
[These notes were made in 1983; I read an edition translated by Paul Turner:]. The two stories share a certain fecundity of incident and invention. But from just the evidence here, I'm not at all sure how scholars have come to the conclusion that the dubious Ass is by the same author as True History, which is the infinitely superior work, with a far greater exhibition of imagination and, it seems to me, a far less morbid sensibility. I liked the moon episodes.
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Lucian of Samosata was an Assyrian rhetorician, and satirist who wrote in the Greek language. He is noted for his witty and scoffing nature.

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“I see no reason for resigning my right to that inventive freedom which others enjoy; and, as I have no truth to put on record, having lived a very humdrum life, I fall back on falsehood--but falsehood of a more consistent variety; for I now make the only true statement you are to expect--that I am a liar.” 6 likes
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