Lucian: On the Syrian Goddess (Hardback)(English / Greek Modern)
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Short Description for Lucian This detailed study of an eyewitness account (attributed to Lucian of Samosata) of the Holy City of Hierapolis in northern Syria is presented both in the original Greek and in translation. The introduction and commentary for the first time combine literary-historical, philological, textual, and archaeological approaches.
- Published: 02 June 2003
- Format: Hardback 626 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780199251384 ISBN 10: 019925138X
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This is the first edition of and full-length commentary on On the Syrian Goddess, an Ionic ethnography of the Holy City of Hierapolis in northern Syria, where the Syrian goddess Atargatis was worshipped. This treatise is one of the most important literary sources for 'oriental' religions under the Roman Empire. Traditionally ascribed to Lucian of Samosata, the work has often been viewed as satire. Lightfoot argues for a much subtler reading, for the first time combining a literary and philological approach with the evidence of archaeology to set this complex treatise in the fullest possible context. The result bears on the religious culture of Roman Syria; on the genre of Herodotean ethnography and its revival and reception in the Second Sophistic; and on Lucian of Samosata himself. The edition is based on a fresh collation of all existing manuscripts and an English translation is provided.