Trips to the Moon

Read by Ralph Snelson

(4.2 stars; 14 reviews)

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) (3 hr 27 min)


Instructions for Writing History 16:26 Read by Ralph Snelson
2 - Instructions for Writing History (Part 1) 30:25 Read by Ralph Snelson
3 - Instructions for Writing History (Part 2) 28:56 Read by Ralph Snelson
True History, The 44:55 Read by Ralph Snelson
5 - The True History. Book II 43:11 Read by Ralph Snelson
Icaro-Menippus - A Dialogue 43:29 Read by Ralph Snelson


witty and fresh blast from the past

(4 stars)

(3 stars)

was well read but was not the book I thought it was .