Ctesias

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Ctesias

(tē`shēəs, tē`sēəs), fl. 400 B.C., Greek historian and physician of Cnidus. He lived many years in the Persian court. He tended Artaxerxes II when he was wounded in the battle of Cunaxa (401 B.C.). In 398 he was sent by the Persians as envoy to Evagoras and Conon. Of Ctesias' histories only Photius' abridgments of Persica and Indica remain; in them Ctesias hoped to show Herodotus' unreliability.
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Ctesias of Cnidus was a doctor to the Persian king Artaxerxes II at the turn of the fourth century BCE.
Ctesias of Cnidus is one of the most puzzling and important figures in Greek historiography.
For example, Ctesias of Cnidus, a Greek physician in fifth century BC, wrote about nineteen wonders about animals and plants, another sixteen are related to streams, rivers and minerals, seven races and six climatic phenomena (see Farr).