Lucian's Dialogues Volume 3: The Dialogues of the Dead

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Dialogues of the Dead are 30 miniature dialogues mocking the Homeric conception of the Greek gods, originally written in Attic Greek by Syrian author Lucian of Samosata. Almost 1900 years old, these dialogues still retain a lot of their original humor and wit. - Summary by Foon

The cast list for dialogues with 3 or more readers is given below:

Dialogue 2:
Kroesus: Lynette Caulkins
Pluto: Alan Mapstone
Midas: David Purdy
Sardanapalus: TriciaG
Menippus: Adrian Stephens

Dialogue 3:
Menippus: Adrian Stephens
Amphilochus: Alan Mapstone
Trophonius: Jake Malizia

Dialogue 10:
Charon: Algy Pug
Hermes: ToddHW
Dead Man: David Purdy
Menippus: Adrian Stephens
Charmolaus: TriciaG
Lampichus: Lynette Caulkins
Damasias: Larry Wilson
Kraton: Anna Maria
General: Alex Steele
Philosopher: Alan Mapstone
Orator: Availle

Dialogue 12:
Alexander: Mike Manolakes
Hannibal: Jake Malizia
Minos: Larry Wilson
Scipio: David Purdy

Dialogue 19:
Aeakus: ToddHW
Protesilaus: Alex Steele
Menelaus: Alan Mapstone
Paris: Tchaikovsky

Dialogue 20:

Menippus: Adrian Stephens
Aeakus: ToddHW
Pythagoras: David Purdy
Empedokles: Alan Mapstone
Sokrates: Tchaikovsky

Dialogue 22:
Charon: Algy Pug
Menippus: Adrian Stephens
Hermes: ToddHW

Dialogue 23:
Protesilaus: Alex Steele
Pluto: Alan Mapstone
Persephone: Nichalia Schwartz

Dialogue 25:
Nireus: Alan Mapstone
Thersites: David Purdy
Menippus: Adrian Stephens

Dialogue 27:
Diogenes: ToddHW
Antisthenes: Anna Maria
Krates: Alan Mapstone
Poor Man: David Purdy

Audio edited by Availle and Linette Geisel (2 hr 43 min)


Dialogue I. Diogenes commissions Polydeukes, about to return to the upper world… 5:37 Read by ToddHW
Dialogue II. Eroesus, Midas, and Sardanapalus complain to Pluto of Menippus tha… 4:06 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Dialogue III. Menippus ridicules the Oracles of Trophonius and Amphilochus. 3:02 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Dialogue IV. Hermes demands from Charon arrears of payment due to him for his s… 3:52 Read by Algy Pug
Dialogue V. Pluto directs Hermes to bring him the fortune and legacy-hunters an… 4:30 Read by ToddHW
Dialogue VI. Terpsion, a legacy-hunter, accuses Pluto and the Fates in that, al… 6:51 Read by Alan Mapstone
Dialogue VII. Zenophantes and Kallidemides, two parasites, bewail one to the ot… 3:23 Read by Alan Mapstone
Dialogue VIII. Knemon, a legacy-hunter, laments to his neighbour Damnippus, tha… 2:50 Read by Alan Mapstone
Dialogue IX. Polystratus, a centenarian plutocrat, upon arriving in hades, narr… 6:00 Read by TriciaG
Dialogue X. An alarming number of ghosts crowd to the styx. Charon, fearing fr… 15:19 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Dialogue XI. Krates and Diogenes, meeting in Hades, indulge their satire on the… 5:50 Read by ToddHW
Dialogue XII. Alexander of Macedon and Hannibal, quarrelling for precedence, su… 10:15 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Dialogue XIII. Diogenes jeers at Alexander of Macedon for his late pretensions … 6:39 Read by ToddHW
Dialogue XIV. Philip, King of Macedon, ridicules his son Alexander's absurd arr… 6:49 Read by Mike Manolakes
Dialogue XV. Antilochus, the son of Nestor (one of the Greek heroes who fell du… 5:18 Read by Alan Mapstone
Dialogue XVI. Diogenes, the cynic, expresses his astonishment to Herakles at se… 6:45 Read by ToddHW
Dialogue XVII. Menippus derides the fable and fate of Tantalus. 3:24 Read by ToddHW
Dialogue XVIII. Menippus desires Hermes to point out to him the beautiful women… 3:04 Read by ToddHW
Dialogue XIX. Protesilaus, one of the victims of the Trojan War, seeks to aveng… 4:04 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Dialogue XX. Aeakus, at the especial request of Menippus, introduces him to the… 7:54 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Dialogue XXI. Menippus inquires of Kerberus, the canine guardian of the enteran… 2:46 Read by ToddHW
Dialogue XXII. Charon demands from Menippus his accustomed fee. Upon the absolu… 3:38 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Dialogue XXIII. Protesilaus, an Achaean hero, who had fallen before Ilium, supp… 4:58 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Dialogue XXIV. Diogenes demands of Mausolus, the Karian Satrap, the reason of h… 5:09 Read by ToddHW
Dialogue XXV. Nireus and Thersites, disputing which of them was the more distin… 3:27 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Dialogue XXVI. Cheiron imparts to Menippus his reason for preferring Hades to H… 3:29 Read by ToddHW
Dialogue XXVII. The philosophers Diogenes, Antisthenes, and Krates resolve to m… 11:17 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Dialogues XXVIII. Menippus ridicules the story of the prophet Teiresias as foun… 4:42 Read by ToddHW
Dialogue XXIX. Agamemnon inquires of (Telamonian) Aias the reason of his late c… 3:42 Read by ToddHW
Dialogue XXX. Sostratus, for his crimes, about to be consigned by Minos to the … 4:48 Read by Larry Wilson