Loukianou Samosateōs Hapanta = Luciani Samosatensis Opera

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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
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Published Amstelodami: Sumptibus J. Wetstenii
Date 1743
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Language Greek and Latin in parallel columns
Volumes 3 volume set
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Desc. Folio (28 cm.)
Location Shelf I-1
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Frontispiece, volume one.
Lucian (125-180 CE) was a well-known ancient Greek rhetorician and satirist. As a child, Lucian was apprenticed to his uncle to begin a career as a sculptor.[1] Their relationship was strained, and Lucian eventually left his home and his apprenticeship.[2] He acquired a Greek literary education in western Asia Minor and applied it towards a career as a public speaker when he eventually returned to Greece.[3]

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.[4]

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.[5] Lucian was also highly critical of the intellectual institutions of his time, and frequently satirized the hypocrisy of philosophers.[6] Not even the Greek gods were safe from Lucian’s mockery, and he repeatedly satirized the popular stories of the gods dealings with mortals.[7]

Inscription, front free endpaper.

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.[8] Both the Brown Bibliography[9] and George Wythe's Library[10] 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.

Images of the library's copy of this book are available on Flickr. View the record for this book in William & Mary's online catalog.

Illustration, dedication page, volume one.

See also


  1. Henry W. L. Hime, Lucian, the Syrian Satirist (London: Longmans, Green, and Co., 1900), 1.
  2. Ibid., 2.
  3. Encyclopædia Britannica Online, s.v. "Lucian," accessed November 7, 2013.
  4. Ibid.
  5. Ibid.
  6. Hime, Lucian, the Syrian Satirist, 33.
  7. Encyclopædia Britannica Online, s.v. "Lucian."
  8. E. Millicent Sowerby, Catalogue of the Library of Thomas Jefferson, (Washington, D.C.: The Library of Congress, 1952-1959), 5:1-2 [no.4617].
  9. Bennie Brown, "The Library of George Wythe of Williamsburg and Richmond," (unpublished manuscript, May, 2012) Microsoft Word file.
  10. LibraryThing, s.v. "Member: George Wythe," accessed on April 28, 2013.