2nd-century Syrian satirist and rhetorician

Lucian of Samosata was a Syrian writer. He wrote satires and speeches in Attic Greek language. He made jokes about superstition, belief in the paranormal. All the information about his biography has come down to us completely from his works.[1]

Fictional portrait of Lucian

His most important book is A True Story. Some people say it is the earliest work of science fiction.

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  1. Matthews, John (2021-02-01). Empire of the Romans: From Julius Caesar to Justinian: Six Hundred Years of Peace and War, Volume II: Select Anthology. John Wiley & Sons. ISBN 978-1-4443-3458-6.