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The most important and characteristic of his writings are his dialogues which are satirical exposes of ancient mythology and contemporary philosophy. One of these dialogues is a wellknown dream in which Sculpture and Education debate their merits in order to entice Lucian into following one or the other career. Education— in reality it represents a literary careertriumphs, and Lucian, after having awakened from the dream, states the lesson for himself and his readers: "So it was with me, and I told you this dream in order that those who are young may take the better direction and cleave to education.
Shortly after Olivares came to power, he embarked on a policy of foreign involvement. The archduke Albert died without leaving an heir and Flanders reverted to Spain. Although Albert had been in favor of a continuance of the truce with the Dutch, it came to an end since Spaniards were loath to recognize Dutch independence. Except for Spinola's capture of Breda (1625), immortalized in the famous painting by Velazquez, Spanish arms could not subdue the rebels. The Duke of Uceda had embroiled Spain (1620) in the Thirty Years' War (1618-1648) and, in view of Spain's Catholicism and traditional ties to the Holy Roman Empire, it was inevitable that Olivares should continue in this conflict which pitted the Hapsburgs and Catholic princes against the German Protestant Denmark, England, and the United Provinces were to participate in this war.
During this banishment satisfactorily Penafiel, first-born son of the QUEVEDO 34 from Madrid, he kept abreast of Spain's political events and immersed himself in writing more suefios, retouching and adding to the Politica de Dios (Politics of God), begun in 1617, and composing the short Mundo caduco (The Worn-Out World), Quevedo's version of what occurred in Italy in the years 16131620. Grandes armies de quince dias (Great Annals of Tivo Weeks) is another political piece written at Torre de Juan Abad when Quevedo got word of the death of Philip III.