Lucian’s cool! We like Lucian! Lucian is like MarkTwain, Kurt Vonnegut, Oscar Wilde, and Christopher Hitchens morphed into one awesome, toga-wearing Semite. Though Lucian lived in Rome, he was ethnically Syrian and actually from the eastern province of Samosata(now Turkey) and mainly wrote and taught in Greek. So he was an outsider, a plucky intellectual who spoke truth to power and wasn’t afraid to tell it like he saw it. And what did he see? Well, aside from “True History,” Lucian’s writings include some of the first Paganwritings on the strange new cult known as Christianity, his attempts at unmasking the charlatanry of a faux-Roman Snake Deity namedGlycon (who turned out to be a sock puppet), and the original story of the Sorcerer’s Apprentice, later made famous by Goethe andWaltDisney.
What’s a Pictish woman doing with a Roman satirist and an early Christian apologist? Find out in “A True History” at the Vineyard Theatre on December 19th!