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Marcellus Side'tes

a native of Side in Pamphylia, was born towards the end of the first century after Christ, and lived in the reigns of Hadrian and Antoninus Pius, A. D. 117-161.


He wrote a long medical poem in Greek hexameter verse, consisting of forty-two books, which was held in such estimation, that it was ordered by the emperors to be placed in the public libraries at Rome. (Suid. s. v. Μάρκελλος, and Kuster's note; Eudoc. Violar. apud Villoison, Anecd. Graeca, vol. i. p. 299.) Of this work only two fragments remain.

Περὶ Λυκανθρώπου,

The first fragment Περὶ Λυκανθρώπου, De Lycanthropia is preserved (but in prose) by Aetius (2.2, 11, p. 254; compare Paul. Aegin. 3.16, and Mr. Adams's note, vol. i. p. 390), and is curious and interesting.

Ἰατρικὰ περὶ Ἰχθύων,

The second fragment, Ἰατρικὰ περὶ Ἰχθύων, De Remedis ex Piscibus, is less interesting, and consists of about 100 verses.


It was first published in a separate form in Greek and Latin by Fred. Morell, Paris, 8vo. 1.591, and is to be found in the first volume of Fabricius, Bibl. Gr. ed. vet., and elsewhere.

Further Information

See Choulant, Handb. der Böcherkunde für die Aettere Medicim.


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