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Lucian Greek Writer and Satirist, Giclee Print
Greek Writer
and Satirist,
Giclee Print

Lucian of Samosata
c. 125 - 180 AD

Lucian, who called himself an Assyrian (Syrian) and wrote in Greek, was a rhetorician whose satirical manner rideculed ‘tyrants, prophets, waning gods, and hypocritical philosophers’. Today we might call him a pundit.

Lucian is also considered the ‘Father of Science Fiction’ for his phantastic tales of space voyages, extraterrestial life, and planetary wars long before H. G. Wells and Jules Verne.

Lucian of Samosata quotes ~
• “The effort only shifted me from the frying-pan into the fire.”
• “In history, nothing fabulous can be agreeable.”
• “The historian's one task is to tell the thing as it happened.”
• “The good historian, then, must be thus described: he must be fearless, uncorrupted, free, the friend of truth and of liberty; one who, to use the words of the comic poet, calls a fig a fig, and a skiff a skiff, neither giving nor withholding from any, from favour or from enmity, not influenced by pity, by shame, or by remorse; a just judge, so far benevolent to all as never to give more than is due to any in his work; a stranger to all, of no country, bound only by his own laws, acknowledging no sovereign, never considering what this or that man may say of him, but relating faithfully everything as it happened.”
• “A monkey is always a monkey,” says the proverb, “even if he has birth-tokens of gold.” Although you have a book in your hand and read all the time, you do not understand a single thing that you read, but you are like the donkey that listens to the lyre and wags his ears.”

Selected Satire of Lucian

Titus Lucretius Carus Roman Poet and Philosopher, Giclee Print
Titus Lucretius Carus Roman Poet and Philosopher,
Giclee Print

ca. 99 BC - ca. 55 BC

Roman poet and philosopher Titus Lucretius Carus is only known for his epic philosophical poem on Epicureanism De rerum natura, translated into English as On the Nature of Things or “On the Nature of the Universe”.

Lucretius quotes ~
• “What is food to one, is to others bitter poison.”
• “Thus the sum of things is ever being renewed, and mortals live dependent one upon another. Some nations increase, others diminish, and in a short space the generations of living creatures are changed and like runners pass on the torch of life.”

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