"Lucian, Greek satirist of the second century. He was born in Samosata, Syria. He was for awhile an apprentice to his uncle, a sculptor, but shortly applied himself to the more congenial studies of rhetoric and oratory. After a brief period of practice as an advocate at Antioch, he traveled in Greece, Macedonia, Italy and Gaul as a professional reader and speaker. When about 40 years old, he settled in Athens and devoted himself to the writing of satires, the most celebrated of which were cast in the form of Dialogues (Dialogues of the Dead, Dialogues of the Gods, etc). Like all master satirists, Lucian used his skill to expose the vices and follies of human nature; the vanities which men madly pursue, although death will soon make them useless; the superstitions that prevent men from taking a sane view of life. He was especially effective in his ridicule of the old religious fables and of that newly agitated fabulous religion, Christianity. The Christians, he remarked were peculiar folk who thought that 'they will be immortal and live forever.'" Liberty Encyclopedia, Volume 5, p. 18.
Lucian, in writing about the creation of the world, writes that "Some say it had no beginning and cannot end; others boldly talk of its creator and his procedure; what particularly entertained me was that these latter set up a contriver of the universe, but fail to mention where he came from, or what he stood on while about his elaborate task, though it is by no means obvious how there could be place or time before the universe came into being." Volume 3, p. 130.
Lord Macaulay wrote that Lucian was "the last great master of Attic eloquence and Attic wit."