Definition of Samian in English:



  • A native or inhabitant of Samos.

    • ‘The Samians were among the most active of the Greek traders with Egypt.’
    • ‘He writes in the third century AD that: -…he formed a school in the city [of Samos], the ‘semicircle’ of Pythagoras, which is known by that name even today, in which the Samians hold political meetings.’
    • ‘It came successively under Etruscan and Greek influences, and in c. 424 BC was occupied by the Samians.’
    • ‘The Samians sent an old and unpopular man who they were rather glad to be rid of anyway; but he was so embittered and so angry about it that after he'd been handed over he revealed the secret of the water tunnel.’
    • ‘He was a Samian living in Rome in a self-imposed exile.’


  • Relating to Samos.

    • ‘First he comments on the Samian response to his teaching methods: he tried to use his symbolic method of teaching which was similar in all respects to the lessons he had learnt in Egypt.’
    • ‘So she was the patron goddess of Samos and had a spectacular temple there, along with Samian rituals; she also had an important shrine at Argos, strategically placed on an area of disputed territory, where she was also patron goddess.’
    • ‘One of the curious aspects was the age of the decorated Samian bowls when they were placed in the graves.’
    • ‘The huge range of finds from the site include, from Roman levels, a rare button-and-loop fastener made of bone, painted glass, Samian pottery, coins and oyster shells.’
    • ‘In the earliest phase, for example, colour-coated beakers are seen as uniquely appropriate for young people, both as urns and accessory vessels; and at all times small Samian cups were only ever found with children younger than eight.’
    • ‘Stamped Samian pottery in the original construction trench was made AD 80-95.’
    • ‘He considered this temple one of the greatest things he had seen throughout his travels in the Ancient World, matched only by the Samian harbour works and the water tunnel.’
    • ‘Arranged all around it was a complete dinner set in Samian ware - four plates, four cups and four dishes, and a Samian serving dish.’
    • ‘His claim to Samian fame was that he was a political saviour and restorer.’
    • ‘These bronzes support the evidence of the ancient literary testimonia which ascribe legendary skills and achievements in casting techniques to Samian bronzeworkers (see Pausanias 8. 14.)’
    • ‘Counters used for gaming, and spindle whorls used in textile manufacture began to be made increasingly from reused red Samian pottery, trimmed and pierced to fit their new uses.’
    • ‘The second grave also contained a bronze and a glass jug, several Samian bowls, a bronze lampholder and a range of coarser pottery including a small beaker.’