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Is "A True History" by Lucian an example of Verse Satire or Menippean Satire?

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Posted December 4, 2011 at 7:21 AM via web

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Is "A True History" by Lucian an example of Verse Satire or Menippean Satire?

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thanatassa | College Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted December 4, 2011 at 10:54 PM (Answer #1)

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Verse satire is a satire written in verse or poetic form. Lucian`s writings, in the original Greek, are exclusively in prose, and therefore are not verse satire.

The question of Menippean satire is somewhat more complex as the genre is less well defined. On a purely formal level, Menippean satire is usually written in the form of prosimetrum (mixed prose and verse), and because Lucian`s work is purely in prose form, it would be disqualified. Although Lucian does mix serious philosophical reflection with humour, the story lacks the fragmented and quasi-picaresque, fantastical nature usually associated with the genre.

Thus Lucian`s True Story is neither verse nor Menippean satire.

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