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or Thrasylus (Θράσυλλος, Θράσυλος).


An Athenian who actively assisted Thrasybulus in opposing the oligarchical revolution in B.C. 411, and, like him, was appointed as one of the generals at Samos. (See Thrasybulus.) He was one of the commanders at the battle of Arginusae, and was among the six generals who returned to Athens and were put to death, 406. (See Arginusae.)


An astrologer of Rhodes, with whom Tiberius became acquainted during his residence in that island, and whom he ever after held in the highest honour. In the scenes between him and the emperor, as described by Tacitus, Suetonius, and Dio , Thrasyllus is the prototype for Scott (in Quentin Durward) of Martius Galeotti, the astrologer of Louis XI. He confirmed the faith of Tiberius in his skill by casting his own horoscope as well as that of his master, and saying that he himself had reached a great crisis of danger, having suspected, as was the truth, that Tiberius was on the point of having him thrown over a precipice. This proof of prophetic power saved his life. He died in A.D. 36, the year before Tiberius, and is said to have saved the lives of many persons whom Tiberius would otherwise have put to death, by falsely predicting for this very purpose that the emperor would live a certain period longer than his intended victims. The son of this Thrasyllus succeeded to his father's skill, and he is said to have predicted the empire to Nero (Tac. Ann. vi. 20-22; Suet. Aug. 98; Suet. Tib. 14, Suet. Tib. 62; Suet. Cal. 19; Dio Cass. lv. 11; lvii. 15; lviii. 27).

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