Nicolaus of Damascus

Nicolaus Of Damascus

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Nicolaus of Damascus (Greek: , Nikolāos Damaskēnos) was a GreekBurns, Ross. Damascus: A History‎, p. 59. historian and philosopher who lived during the Augustan age of the Roman Empire. His name is derived from that of his birthplace, Damascus. He was born around 64 BC.Nicolaus, Autobiography,

He was an intimate friend of Herod the Great, whom he survived by a number of years. He was also the tutor of the children of Antony and Cleopatra (born in 40 BC), according to Sophronius.Patrologia Graeca, Vol. 87, 3. col. 3622D; F.Jacoby, .Nicolaus, Autobiography,

His output was vast, but is nearly all lost. His chief work was a universal history in 144 books. He also wrote an autobiography, a life of Augustus, a life of Herod, some philosophical works, and some tragedies and comedies.


All of his works are lost, but substantial fragments remain of some of them. There is an article on him in the Suda.


Towards the end of his life he composed a universal history in 144 books,Athenaeus, .K. Müller, et al., , p. 345.

Extensive fragments of the first seven books are preserved in quotation in the Excerpta compiled at the...
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