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Areius, Leca'nius

Λεκάνιος Ἄρειος), a Greek physician, one of whose medical formulae is quoted by Andromachus (ap. Gal. De Compos. Medical. sec. Gen. 5.13, vol. xiii. p. 840), and who must therefore have lived in or before the first century after Christ. He may perhaps be the same person who is several times quoted by Galen, and who is sometimes called a follower of Asclepiades, Ἀσκληπιάδειος (De Compos. Medicam. sec. Locos, 5.3, vol. xii. p. 829; ibid. 8.5, vol. xiii. p. 182 1; De Compos. Medicam. sec. Gen. 5.15, vol. xiii. p. 857), sometimes a native of Tarsus in Cilicia (De Compos. Medicaem. sec. Locos, 3.1, vol. xii. p. 636; ibid. 9.2, vol. xiii. p. 247), and sometimes mentioned without any distinguishing epithet. (De Compos. Medicam. sec. Locos, 10.2, vol. xiii. p. 347; De Compos. Medical. sec. Gen. 5.11, 14. vol. xiii. pp. 827, 829, 852.) He may perhaps also be the person who is said by Soranus (Vita Hippoer. init., in Hipp. Opera, vol. iii. p. 850) to have written on the life of Hippocrates, and to whom Dioscorides addresses his work on Materia Medica. (vol. i. p. 1.) Whether all these passages refer to the same individual it is impossible to say for certain, but the writer is not aware of any chronological or other difficulties in the supposition.


1 * In this latter passage, instead of Ἀρείου Ἀσκληπιάδου we should read Ἀβείου Ἀσκληπιαδείου. [ASCLEPIADES AREIUS.]

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