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ON SALARIED POSTS IN GREAT HOUSES
A Hogarthian sketch of the life led by educated Greeks who attached themselves to the households of great Roman lords—and ladies. Lucian feigns to be advising a. young friend, whom he dubs Timocles (Master Ambitious), against such a career—a most effective stratagem, since by giving him a pretext for hig criticism, it relieves him from all semblance of personal animus and even enables him to appear sympathetic toward the varlets while he dusts their jackets.
In after years, M'hen Lucian went into the Roman civil service in Egypt, this essay rose up to haunt him, and he had to write his Apology in order to lay its ghost.