A group of reactionary scholars and writers originated in the 2nd century AD, who advocated writng Greek only in pure Attic (by that time Attic has ceased to be a spoken language, and remained a solely literary tongue).

They published lists of "recommended" and "forbidden" words and phrases as well as "recommended" and "corrupted" writers and writings as far as language was concerned.

Lucian was one of the most prominent figures in this group.