SATIRIST AND ARTIST
LUCIAN'S right to a conspicuous place in Greek literature might seem open to challenge. Born into the barbarian world under Roman sway, of foreign and humble parentage, in the second Christian century, he seems, in race, place and time, sufficiently remote from even the tradition of the great Attic writers. But, as a subject of the Roman Empire, his civic passport was visaed in advance from Syria to Gaul, and his genius, keen if not profound, was destined to naturalize him intellectually as an Athenian.
The canon of classical Greek was, apparently, long since closed but he reopened it by his dramatic contributions to the Satiric Dialogue. He claimed, and not without reason, Aristophanes and Plato as his god-fathers. A Syrian by birth he was only a self-made Greek,