Frasi di Luciano di Samosata
Luciano di Samosata
Data di nascita: 120
Altri nomi:Лукиан Самосатский
Luciano di Samosata è stato uno scrittore e retore greco antico di origine siriana, celebre per la natura arguta e irriverente dei suoi scritti satirici. Fu esponente della seconda sofistica, e simpatizzante dell'epicureismo.
Frasi Luciano di Samosata
— Luciano di Samosata
da Iuppiter tragoedus, 19
„[... ] calco i capi degli uomini, e le piante de' miei piedi son tenere, e dal valgo son chiamata Podagra, perché ai piedi io fo caccia.“
— Luciano di Samosata
'Podagra', p. 27 http://books.google.it/books?id=sBdrliWHpm0C&pg=RA2-PA28
„Molti ne ho pure io domi degli Eroi | e sel sanno i Sapienti, e Priamo detto | fu Podarco, per esser podagroso. | Morì di gotta Achille di Pelèo: | di podagra patì Bellorofonte; | podagroso fu Edipo re di Tebe. | Podagroso Plistene dei Pelopidi: | di Peante il figliuol colla podagra | conduceva l'armata, ed altro duce | dei Tessali fu pur detto Podarco, | il qual, poscia che cadde in la battaglia | Protesilao ancor esso gottoso, | Benché non sano conducea l'armata. | Il re d'ltaca Ulisse di Laerte | uccisi io, non la spina della triglia.“
„For history, I say again, has this and this only for its own: if a man will start upon it, he must sacrifice to no God but Truth; he must neglect all else; his sole rule and unerring guide is this – to think not of those who are listening to him now, but of the yet unborn who shall seek his converse.“
Sect. 39; vol. 2, pp. 128-9; H. W. Fowler and F. G. Fowler (trans.) The Works of Lucian of Samosata.
„I say, therefore, that he who would write history well must be possessed of these two principal qualifications, a fine understanding and a good style: one is the gift of nature, and cannot be taught; the other may be acquired by frequent exercise, perpetual labour and an emulation of the ancients.“
„First, then, I went to the Indians, the mightiest nation upon earth. I had little trouble in persuading them to descend from their elephants and follow me. The Brahmins, who dwell between Oxydracae and the country of the Nechrei, are mine to a man: they live according to my laws, and are respected by all their neighbours; and the manner of their death is truly wonderful.“
The Runaways http://www.sacred-texts.com/cla/luc/wl4/wl421.htm
"Menippus, a Necromantic Experiment", sect. 4; vol. 1, p. 158.
„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.“
„I now make the only true statement you are to expect – that I am a liar. This confession is, I consider, a full defence against all imputations. My subject is, then, what I have neither seen, experienced, nor been told, what neither exists nor could conceivably do so. I humbly solicit my readers' incredulity.“
"The True History", sect. 4; vol. 2, p. 137.
Cited in Tim Flannery, Atmosphere of Hope. Solutions to the Climate Crisis, Penguin Books, 2015, page 81 .