Lucian was born in Samosata, the capital of Commagene, in Syria (in modern times Samsat in southeastern Turkey), at ca. 120 CE, and died a little after 180 CE. We have no precise information on his life, and we have to rely entirely on the biographical elements he provides in his works – presuming of course that they are authentic rather than mere fiction. According to his dialogue The Double Indictment or Trials by Jury, he was of “barbarian”, i.e. non-Greek origin. He learned to write Greek in a cultured style at the school of rhetoric, and later on became a professional sophist himself (practically, a professor of rhetoric) in Antioch and Athens. We also know that he accepted a public officer’s position in Egypt. His …

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Citation: Karavas, Orestis. "Lucian". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 22 May 2008 [, accessed 24 September 2023.]

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