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Ctesias
(572 words)

(Κτησίας, Ktēsías) of Cnidus

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A. Life

Historian in terms of literary genre, but in modern terms a novelist. C. came from an old family of doctors and lived as personal physician at the court of Artaxerxes [2]II for several years (405-398/7 BC). On his behalf he made contact with  Evagoras [1], the Athenian  Conon [1], as well as with Sparta.

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B. Works

C. composed a Períodos (a geographical treatise) and an Indiká with a range of factual reports. C. became famous, however, for hi…

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Högemann, Peter (Tübingen), “Ctesias”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 13 October 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e623810>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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