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Readers and Reading Culture in the High Roman EmpireA Study of Elite Communities$
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William A. Johnson

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780195176407

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195176407.001.0001

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Lucian’s Insufficient Intellectual

Lucian’s Insufficient Intellectual

(p.157) Chapter 8 Lucian’s Insufficient Intellectual
Readers and Reading Culture in the High Roman Empire

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This chapter explores three treatises of the satirist Lucian for what they imply not only about the norms of the reading culture that Lucian lampoons, but also for the thoughtful, subtle ways in which Lucian makes his critiques and seeks to privilege other ideals. In Lucian’s subversive presentations are detected the voices of those who did not subscribe to the high intellectualist writings that are the principal survivors of the high empire. The three treatises explored to that end are The Ignorant Book Collector (adv. Indoctum), On Salaried Posts in Great Houses (de mercede), and Symposium (convivium).

Keywords:   Lucian of Samosata, Satire, reading culture, Adversus Indoctum, De Mercede, symposium

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