Nicolaus of Damascus
: , Nikolāos Damaskēnos
) was a GreekBurns, Ross. Damascus: A History
, p. 59. historian
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
, 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... Read More