said to have been a king of Arabia.
He is mentioned in some editions of Pliny (Plin. Nat. 25.4
) as having written a work De Simplicium Effectibus,
addressed to Nero, that is, the emperor Tiberius, A. D. 14-37.
This paragraph, however, is wanting in the best MSS., and has accordingly been omitted in most modern editions of Pliny. (See Salmas. Prolegom. ad Homon.. Hyles Iatr.
p. 15; Harduin's Notes to Pliny, l.c.
On Precious Stones
He is said by Marbodus (or Marbodaeus), in the prologue to his poem on Precious Stones, to have written a work on this subject addressed to Tiberius, from which his own is partly taken.
A Latin prose work, professing to belong to Evax, entitled De Nominibus et Virtutibus Lapidum qui in Artem Medicinae recipiuntur
, is to be found in a MS. in the Bodleian library at Oxford (Hatton, 100), and probably in other European libraries.
Works of Mardobius
The work of Marbodus has been published and quoted under the name of Evax.
See Choulant, Handbuch der Bücherkunde für die Aetere Medicin,
2nd ed. art. Marbodus.