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Lucian of Samosata (Auncient Greek: Λουκιανὸς ὁ Σαμοσατεύς, Laitin: Lucianus Samosatensis; aboot 125 CE – efter 180 CE) wis a rhetorician[3] an satirist wha wrote in the Greek leid during the Seicont Sophistic. He is notit for his witty an scoffin naitur.

A feectionalised portrait o Lucian taken frae a seiventeent century engravin bi William Faithorne
Born Aboot 125 CE
Samosata, Roman Empire (modren-day Turkey)
Dee'd Efter 180 CE
probably Athens
Thrift Novelist, rhetorician
Notable warks True History,
Dialogues o the Dead, Dialogues o the Gods,
Dialogues o the Courtesans,
Alexander the False Prophet,
Sale of Creeds,
The Luver o Lies

Lucian wrote exclusively in auncient Greek. He wrote mainly in the Attic dialect, but On the Syrian Goddess, which is attributit tae him, is written in a faux-Ionic dialect.


  1. Guy G. Stroumsa (2009). "Transformations of Ritual". The End of Sacrifice: Religious Transformations in Late Antiquity. The University of Chicago Press. p. 79. the pagan Lucian of Samosata, makes him one of our most precious witnesses about various "mystery" cults 
  2. howard D. Weinbrot (2005). "Introduction. Clearing the Ground: The Genre". Menippean Satire Reconsidered: From Antiquity to the Eighteenth Century. The Johns Hopkins University Press. p. 18. the pagan Lucian was a "most execrable villain" who attacked both Christianity and religion in general 
  3. Paul of Samosata, Zenobia and Aurelian: The Church, Local Culture and Political Allegiance in Third-Century Syria Author(s): Fergus Millar Source: The Journal of Roman Studies, Vol. 61 (1971), pp. 1-17.