A Syracusan physician at the court of Philip, king of Macedon, B.C. 359-336. He made
himself ridiculous by calling himself “Zeus,” and assuming divine
honours. There is a tale that he was invited one day by Philip to a magnificent
entertainment, where the other guests were sumptuously fed, while he himself had nothing but
incense and libations, as not being subject to the human infirmity of hunger. He was at first
pleased with his reception; but afterwards, perceiving the joke and finding that no more
substantial food was offered him, he left the party in disgust (Athen. p. 289).
Claudius Menecrătes, a physician mentioned by Galen,
composed more than 150 medical works, of which only a few fragments remain.