Lucian (Lucianus of Samosata)
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A. Life and works

Lucian was born around AD 120 in Samosata on the Euphrates. According to his own account, he learned Greek rhetoric in one of its then centres of excellence on the west coast of Asia Minor (probably Ephesus or Smyrna). He then worked for some years as a ‘sophist’ (i.e. an itinerant professional performer of (often showpiece) oratory) in Italy, Gaul and elsewhere. Thereafter he deviated from the normal …

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Nesselrath, Heinz-Günther, “Lucian (Lucianus of Samosata)”, in: Brill’s New Pauly Supplements I - Volume 5 : The Reception of Classical Literature, English edition by Matthijs H. Wibier (2012). Original German-language edition: Die Rezeption der antiken Literatur. Herausgegeben von Christine Walde in Verbindung mit Brigitte Egger. Serie: Der Neue Pauly Supplemente 1. Staffel, herausgegeben von Hubert Cancik, Manfred Landfester und Helmuth Schneider, Band 7. Stuttgart, Germany. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH (2010). Consulted online on 22 February 2019 <>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: 9789004218932, 20101111

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