Lucian: Lucian's Works (2061 words)

Leonardo Gregoratti (University of Durham)
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Lucian of Samosata (c. 125 AD - after c.180 AD; Latin: Lucianus Samosatensis, Greek: Λουκιανὸς ὁ Σαμοσατεύς) was a satirist and rhetorician of the Roman imperial period. He satirized many aspects of his contemporary society, especially writers, intellectuals, and philosophers, both past and present.

Almost everything known about Lucian’s life comes from his own work and is therefore hard to verify with accuracy, particularly given the fictitious or satirical nature of his writings. In several works he claims to have been born in the city of Samosata (nowadays Samsat in Turkey), …

Citation: Gregoratti, Leonardo. "Lucian's Works". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 02 March 2019 [, accessed 27 November 2021.]

38941 Lucian's Works 3 Historical context notes are intended to give basic and preliminary information on a topic. In some cases they will be expanded into longer entries as the Literary Encyclopedia evolves.

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