Loukianou Samosateōs Hapanta = Luciani Samosatensis Opera
by Lucian of Samosata
|Loukianou Samosateōs Hapanta|
Title page from Loukianou Samosateōs Hapanta, volume one, George Wythe Collection, Wolf Law Library, College of William & Mary.
|Author||Lucian of Samosata|
|Editor||Tiberius Hemsterhuis (volume one only) and Johan Frederik Reitz|
|Published||Amstelodami: Sumptibus J. Wetstenii|
|Language||Greek and Latin in parallel columns|
|Volumes||3 volume set|
|Desc.||Folio (28 cm.)|
Though a successful rhetorician, Lucian became disenchanted with his career and gave up public speaking to write critical and satirical essays. These essays catapulted Lucian into fame and continue to serve as the basis for his lasting legacy.
Lucian satirized a wide variety of topics; He particularly favored satirizing the fantastical tales that were common during the era in which he lived. He even mocked the incredulous journey that the protagonist Odysseus experienced in Homer’s Odyssey. Lucian was also highly critical of the intellectual institutions of his time, and frequently satirized the hypocrisy of philosophers. Not even the Greek gods were safe from Lucian’s mockery, and he repeatedly satirized the popular stories of the gods dealings with mortals.
Evidence for Inclusion in Wythe's Library
Listed in the Jefferson Inventory of Wythe's Library as Luciani opera. Gr. Lat. Gesneri. sholiis et notis 3.v. 4to. Amst. 1743 and kept by Thomas Jefferson. Jefferson later sold the same title to the Library of Congress in 1815. The copy still exists and includes manuscript notes attributed to Wythe by E. Millicent Sowerby. Both the Brown Bibliography and George Wythe's Library on LibraryThing list the 1743 Amsterdam edition, and the Wolf Law Library purchased a copy of the same edition.
Description of the Wolf Law Library's copy
Bound in contemporary vellum, raised bands, spines in seven panels with author label to second panel and volume label to third. Covers with double fillet border with an inner double fillet frame with a central arabesque in all blind. Includes the inscription "Johanni D. Coleridge, Pater amantissiumus Pred: Kal: Mai: MDCCCXXXVII" on the front free endpaper of volume one and the inscription "J. D. Coleridge, Eton Coll., May 1848" on the front free endpapers of volumes two through four. Set includes Index Verborum ac Phrasium Luciani, sive Lexicon Lucianeum by Carolus Conradus Reitzius (Trajecti ad Rhenum: H. Besseling, 1746) as volume four. Purchased from Temple Rare Books.
- Excerpta Quædam ex Luciani Samosatensis Operibus
- George Wythe Room
- Jefferson Inventory
- Wythe's Library
- Henry W. L. Hime, Lucian, the Syrian Satirist (London: Longmans, Green, and Co., 1900), 1.
- Ibid., 2.
- Encyclopædia Britannica Online, s.v. "Lucian," accessed November 7, 2013.
- Hime, Lucian, the Syrian Satirist, 33.
- Encyclopædia Britannica Online, s.v. "Lucian."
- E. Millicent Sowerby, Catalogue of the Library of Thomas Jefferson, (Washington, D.C.: The Library of Congress, 1952-1959), 5:1-2 [no.4617].
- Bennie Brown, "The Library of George Wythe of Williamsburg and Richmond," (unpublished manuscript, May, 2012) Microsoft Word file.
- LibraryThing, s.v. "Member: George Wythe," accessed on April 28, 2013.