Epicurean Satire

Satire was a frequent ingredient, such as the ridicule of the irony of Socrates.” (DeWitt, 114)


“The Epicureans were satirists from the beginning, and Lucian was conscious of a close affinity with them.” (DeWitt, 187)


By disposition he was a teaser; he drew enjoyment from the squirming of the piously orthodox.” (DeWitt, 234)


“Whether Lucian himself was an Epicurean may be doubted, but the very fact that he was a satirist allies him with the sect, which from the beginning employed satire as a chief weapon.” (Epicurus and His Philosophy, 350)