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
BornAboot 125 CE
Samosata, Roman Empire (modren-day Turkey)
Dee'dEfter 180 CE
probably Athens
ThriftNovelist, rhetorician
Notable warksTrue 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 |access-date= requires |url= (help)
  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 |access-date= requires |url= (help)
  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.