Lucian | Criticism

This literature criticism consists of approximately 23 pages of analysis & critique of Lucian.
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SOURCE: "Characterisation" in Lucian: Theme and Variation in the Second Sophistic, E. J. Brill, 1976, pp. 67-84.

In the following excerpt, Anderson discusses Lucian's tendency to reuse character descriptions, plot situations, and other material.

Lucian manipulates his characters as easily as he contrives his stories or plots; here again he is content to play a facile game with a few basic types. He may use the same character under several different names, so that there is often little distinction between Cyniscus, Diogenes and Menippus,1 between Diogenes and Socrates,2 or between Croesus and Megapenthes.3 Nor does he always present the same character in a consistent way: in one dialogue the poor cobbler Micyllus is miserable all his life, until released by death; in another he is only miserable till he discovers that the poor man's life is best.4 Even Menippus himself varies according to the genre: Lucian makes him a...

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