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THE JUDGEMENT OF THE GODDESSES
The judgement of Paris, reviewed by Lucian.
Since the first edition, it has always been printed as the twentieth of the Dialogues of the Gods, but in all the MSS. it is a separate piece and has a separate caption of its own, whereas in the Dialogues of the Oods the individual dialogues are headed merely by the names of their interlocutors. Then too it is longer than any of these, and although substantially of the same cloth, more markedly satirical than most of them.
In connection with Lucian's dialogue, it is well worth one's while to read Apuleius' detailed description of a pantomime on the same subject (Metamorphoses 10, 232). The strong contrast between the two treatments shows how little Lucian was influenced by the contemporary theatre.