Trips to the Moon

Lucian of Samosata (c. 125 - c. 180)
Translated by Thomas Francklin (1721 - 1784)

The endeavour of small Greek historians to add interest to their work by magnifying the exploits of their countrymen, and piling wonder upon wonder, Lucian first condemned in his Instructions for Writing History, and then caricatured in his True History, wherein is contained the account of a trip to the moon, a piece which must have been enjoyed by Rabelais, which suggested to Cyrano de Bergerac his Voyages to the Moon and to the Sun, and insensibly contributed, perhaps, directly or through Bergerac, to the conception of Gulliver’s Travels. The Icaro-Menippus Dialogue describes another trip to the moon, though its satire is more especially directed against the philosophers. (Summary from the Introduction)

Genre(s): Classics (Greek & Latin Antiquity), Epistolary Fiction, Fantastic Fiction

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 01 Instructions for Writing History Ralph Snelson
Play 02 2 - Instructions for Writing History (Part 1) Ralph Snelson
Play 03 3 - Instructions for Writing History (Part 2) Ralph Snelson
Play 04 True History, The Ralph Snelson
Play 05 5 - The True History. Book II Ralph Snelson
Play 06 Icaro-Menippus - A Dialogue Ralph Snelson