Heracles and the Monkey

Paideia and Money in Lucian of Samosata

In: Mnemosyne
Alberto Camerotto Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia Venice Italy

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In the pamphlet On Salaried Posts in Great Houses Lucian of Samosata analyzes the problem of the impossible relationship between misthos, ‘money’, and paideia, ‘culture’ and ‘teaching’. Money is an indispensable asset for the necessities of life. But starting with Socrates and the Sophists it becomes problematic. In Lucian’s satire the attack is directed at philosophers and the marketing of culture in the Roman Empire at the time of the Second Sophistic.

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