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Lucian (c. AD 120–80)

DOI
10.4324/9780415249126-A066-1
DOI: 10.4324/9780415249126-A066-1
Version: v1,  Published online: 1998
Retrieved October 23, 2020, from https://www.rep.routledge.com/articles/biographical/lucian-c-ad-120-80/v-1

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Lucian of Samosata (in ancient Syria) was one of the most original and engaging figures of post-classical Greek culture. He produced a diverse and influential corpus comparable in size to that of Plato (consisting of seventy-six authentic libelli). Formally the dialogue (in both Platonic and Cynic forms) dominates (thirty-six of seventy-three prose works), but there are also satiric narratives, tall tales (for example, A True Story), ‘Cynic’ diatribes (for example, On Mourning), and multifarious lectures, or essays (for example, The Master of Rhetoric) in his singular oeuvre.

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Branham, R. Bracht. Lucian (c. AD 120–80), 1998, doi:10.4324/9780415249126-A066-1. Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Taylor and Francis, https://www.rep.routledge.com/articles/biographical/lucian-c-ad-120-80/v-1.
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