Ctesias of Cnidus was a Greek physician who lived in the last half of the fifth authors who form fragments of Ctesias, most notably Bekker’s. Ctesias returned to Greece in and began writing his Persica, a history of Assyria-Babylonia in 23 books. Books I–VI included a history of Assyria and the. CTESIAS (Gk. Ktēsías), Greek physician at the Achaemenid court and author of Persiká, who belonged to the Cnidian school of physicians, which claimed to.

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Five years later Amytis, having learnt the truth from the eunuch Tibethis, whom the Magian had flogged, demanded that Cambyses should hand over Sphendadates to her, but he refused. He could achieve a length of treatment equal to that of the Assyrians only by inserting skillfully circumstantial romances, like the story of the perslca between the Persiica Parsondas and the Babylonian Annaros, or Nanybros mentioned in Athenaeus, Many Persians were slain in the battle, in which Zopyrus and Artyphius, the sons of Megabyzus, distinguished themselves, and Megabyzus gained a decisive victory.

The whole of Egypt then became subject to Cambyses. Diodorus also reported that he lived at court for seventeen years probably an exaggeration; cf. Matt Waters is a professor of ctesiass and ancient history at the University of Wisconsin—Eau Claire.

He wrote several books about Persia and India. Ctezias the crime was revealed in a dream, and Petisacas, at the urgent request of Amytis, was handed over to her by Cyrus for punishment. For this reason Artabarius, who meditated desertion, was accused and thrown into the ashes.

Mitradates having boasted at table of having killed Cyrus, Parysatis demanded that he should be given up to her, and having got him into her hands, put him to death with great cruelty.

The messengers sent by Euagoras to Ctesias about the receiving of letters from Abuletes. Ctesias also credited Semiramis with an expedition against Media; Diodorus 2. Inarus was impaled on three stakes; fifty of the Greeks, all that she could lay hands on, were decapitated. The Indians fought on the side of the Derbices and supplied them with elephants.

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Conon appointed commander of the fleet by Pharnabazus. After this he took refuge in a temple, where he was seized and put to death. December 15, Last Updated: Proxenus the Boeotian, who had been already deceived, also advised him to go.

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Books I—VI included a history of Assyria and the Medes, and the last 10 books were a more detailed account from the death of Xerxes to Hofstetter, Die Griechen in Persien. He not only disagrees with Herodotus, but also in some respects with Xenophon the son of Gryllus.

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In the first six he treats of Assyrian affairs and of events before the foundation of the Persian empireand only begins to treat of Persian affairs in the seventh book. Despite the inclusion of fanciful stories about man-eating tigers and dog-headed men, it is a valuable document on pre-Alexandrian India. Inarus was also successful persida sea. During his father’s lifetime, Ochus was made satrap of Hyrcaniaand given in marriage to Parysatis, the daughter of Artaxerxes and his own sister.

The ctewias was not known for a long time except to Artasyras, Bagapates, and Izabates, to whom alone Cambyses had entrusted the secret. Any text you add should be original, not copied from other sources. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Artoxares the eunuch was also banished to Armenia for having often spoken freely to the king in favor of Megabyzus. Waters, as a historian of Persia with command of Akkadian, Elamite, and Old Persian languages in addition to Latin and Greek, offers a fresh interdisciplinary analysis of the Persica.

The seven, having been admitted into the palace by Bagapates, found ppersica Magian asleep. At the sight of them he jumped up, but finding no weapon ready to hand for Bagapates had secretly removed them all he smashed a chair made of gold and defended himself with one of the legs, but was finally stabbed to death by the seven.

On his refusing to go, the eunuch Matacas was sent in his place, to insult Apollo and plunder the temple.

Photius’ Excerpt of Ctesias’ Persica

Of the children of Spitamas, he appointed Spitaces satrap of the Derbices, Megabernes of the Barcanians, bidding them obey their mother in everything. Although many ancient authorities valued it highly, and used it to discredit Herodotusa modern author writes that ” Ctesias’s unreliability makes Herodotus seem a model of accuracy. Statira, seeing that Parysatis was eating her own portion, had no suspicions, and took the fatal cgesias.

Usiris received the greatest attention and was sent to Artaxerxes at his request. She in turn informed the king, who left her to do as she would with the offender. Dariaeus was taken to the palace of Artaxerxes, and, although he vehemently denied the perxica, he was put to death.


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This greatly alarmed him, and the birth of a son without a head by Roxana increased this alarm. The latter, being accused and brought to cteaias, was acquitted by the judges, but the king condemned her and ordered her to be tortured and put to death, which caused a lasting quarrel between mother and son.

This writer’s style is clear and very simple, which makes the work agreeable to read.

Darius, after he had crossed the bridge, set fire to the houses and temples of the Chalcedonians, because they had attempted to break down the bridges which he had made near their city ctesais had also pesrica the altar erected by him, when crossing, in honor of Zeus Diabaterios. Tissaphernes began to plot against the Greeks, with the assistance of Menon the Thessalian, whom he had won over.

One very brief papyrus fragment Jacoby, Fragmentepp.

Having taken Amyrtaeus alive he did him no harm, but merely removed him to Susa with Egyptians chosen by himself. Our editors will review what you’ve submitted, and if it meets our criteria, we’ll add it to the article. Inarus fled to Byblos, an Egyptian stronghold, accompanied by those of the Greeks who had not been killed in battle. But a certain Udiastes, who had great influence with Terituchmes, having received letters from the king promising to reward him generously if he could save his daughter, attacked and murdered Terituchmes, who courageously defended himself and slew it is said thirty-seven of his assailants.

At the request of Inarus the Athenians sent forty ships to his aid. What the latter relates of Zopyrus is attributed by Ctesias, with the exception of his mule giving birth to a foal, to Megabyzus, the son-in-law of Xerxes and the husband of his daughter Amytis.

His body was mutilated by Artaxerxes, cttesias ordered his head and the hand with which he had struck him to be cut off, and carried them about in triumph. It is probable, however, that Ctesias curtailed his own treatment of these major events because they had been so fully dealt with by Herodotus ppersica he had little or nothing to add.