Nicolaus of Damascus

Philosopher, Deceased Person


Who is Nicolaus of Damascus?

Nicolaus of Damascus was a Greek 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.

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, according to Sophronius. He went to Rome with Herod Archelaus.

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.

There is an article on him in the Suda.

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Lived in
  • Damascus

on July 23, 2013


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