2. A native of Edessa, who was one of the most eminent physicians of his age.
He was of great service to Kobádh (or Cabades
) king of Persia, early in the sixth century after Christ, for which he was richly rewarded. During the siege of Edessa by Cosra (or Chosroes
) the son of Kobádh, A. D. 544, Stephanus was sent with some of his fellow-citizens to intercede in behalf of the place ; and in his address to the king he claims for himself the credit not only of having brought him up, but also of having persuaded his father to nominate him as his successor to the throne in place of his elder brother. (Procop. de Bello Pers.
2.26.) His intercession had no effect, but the king was shortly afterwards forced to raise the siege.