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Lucian of Samosata (c. 125 – after 180) was a Hellenized Syrian satirist, rhetorician and pamphleteer who is best known for his characteristic tongue-in-cheek style, with which he frequently ridiculed superstition, religious practices, and belief in the paranormal. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Lucian has received more than 982,027 page views. His biography is available in 66 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 61 in 2019). Lucian is the 163rd most popular writer (up from 192nd in 2019), the 76th most popular biography from Turkey (up from 81st in 2019) and the 2nd most popular Turkish Writer.

Lucian of Samosata was a Greek satirist and rhetorician who lived in the 2nd century AD. He is most famous for his satirical work, "The True History," which is a parody of the Greek historian, Herodotus.

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Among writers, Lucian ranks 163 out of 5,755Before him are Jean Racine, Hafez, Fernando Pessoa, Menander, Novalis, and Ahmad ibn Hanbal. After him are Naguib Mahfouz, Karl Adolph Gjellerup, Khalil Gibran, Ivan Turgenev, Anacreon, and Frank Herbert.

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Among people born in 120, Lucian ranks 1After him are Gaius, Pope Soter, and Tatian. Among people deceased in 200, Lucian ranks 1After him are Juvenal, Sun Ce, Longus, Justin, Artemidorus, Emperor Chūai, Aretaeus of Cappadocia, Lucius Artorius Castus, Babrius, Soranus of Ephesus, and Vologases III of Parthia.

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In Turkey

Among people born in Turkey, Lucian ranks 76 out of 1,301Before him are Rachel (-3500), Herostratus (-301), Osman III (1699), Ibn Taymiyyah (1263), Mustafa III (1717), and Murad V (1840). After him are Anacreon (-570), Alexios I Komnenos (1048), Şehzade Cihangir (1531), Abdulmejid II (1868), Aristotle Onassis (1906), and Constantine VII (905).

Among WRITERS In Turkey

Among writers born in Turkey, Lucian ranks 2Before him are Hesiod (-800). After him are Anacreon (-570), Constantine VII (905), Orhan Pamuk (1952), Anna Komnene (1083), Dionysius of Halicarnassus (-60), Ammianus Marcellinus (330), Yunus Emre (1240), Giorgos Seferis (1900), Novatian (220), and Theodore the Studite (759).