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Lydus

Ioannes Laurentius. A Greek writer, born at Philadelphia in Lydia, A.D. 490. At the age of twenty-one he went to Constantinople in order to study philosophy, entered the service of the State, and rose to high office. About 552 he was dismissed by Justinian, and took a post as teacher in the imperial school. Here he devoted himself to literature, and died in 565. We still possess some of his writings, which are derived from ancient sources now lost:


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on the State offices of Rome (Περὶ Ἀρχῶν, De Magistratibus);


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on portents in the sky, etc., and the doctrine of auguries (Περὶ Διοσημειῶν, De Ostentis);


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extracts from a work on the Roman months and the festivals held in them (Περὶ Μηνῶν, De Mensibus). Edition by Becker (Bonn, 1837).

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