New Publication on Astrology, Stoicism, and Lucian

Fictional Image of Lucian, courtesy of Wikipedia

I wrote an article in Peitho: Examina Antiqua called “Stoic Caricature in Lucian’s De astrologia: Verisimilitude As Comedy”

You can find the article here at the journal or here at Columbia Academic Commons (PDF format).

I argue that De astrologia, a text transmitted with Lucian’s texts but often thought to be spurious, is in fact of Lucian’s hand. The argument centers around the narrator’s failed attempt at earning his audience’s credibility. I conclude the article by comparing the style of comedy in De astrologia to that of a famous SNL sketch where Tina Fey lampoons Sarah Palin by quoting the Governor’s exact words.