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Nicolaus of Damascus

  1. Joseph Sievers

Published Online: 26 OCT 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781444338386.wbeah08118

The Encyclopedia of Ancient History

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Sievers, J. 2012. Nicolaus of Damascus. The Encyclopedia of Ancient History. .

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  1. Published Online: 26 OCT 2012


Nicolaus of Damascus was a peripatetic philosopher, diplomat, confidant, and emissary of Herod the Great, biographer of Augustus (see Augustus (Imperator Caesar Augustus)), and writer of a world history. He was born (ca. 64 Bce) of Stratonike and Antipater, an orator and prominent politician in Damascus. The date of his death is unknown, but he must have survived Herod (d. 4 BCE) by several years.


  • Greek history;
  • historians;
  • study of history