the author of a short Latin work, entitled De Medicina (or Medicamentis) ex Animalibus
, consisting of thirty-four chapters, each of which treats of some animal whose body was supposed to possess certain medical properties.
As might be expected, it contains numerous absurdities, and is of little or no value or interest.
The author has been sometimes confounded with other persons of the name of Sextus
(see Fabric. Bibl. Gr.
vol. xii. p. 613, ed. vet.), and is generally distinguished from them by the additional name of Papyriesis
He appears from various parts of his work (e.g.
100.27) to have been a physician, but nothing else is known of his personal history. His date is uncertain, but he is supposed to have lived in the fourth century after Christ.
He is said to have borrowed much from Pliny's Natural History, and to have been copied in turn by Constantinus Africanus.
The work has several times been published, both separately, and in different medical collections. It first appeared in 1538, 4to. Norimberg., ed. Fr. Emericus
; and again in the same year, 8vo. Basil. ed. Alb. Torinus
. It is inserted (after Oribasius) in the first volume of II. Stephani "Medicae Artis Principes," Paris, fol. 1567
; in the thirteenth volume of the old edition of Fabricii Bibl. Graeca ; in Ackermann's Parabilium Medicamentorum Scriptores Antiqui, Norimb. 1788, 8vo.
; and elsewhere.
Choulant's Handb. der Bücherkunde für die Aeltere Medicin.