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Headword: Gesios
Adler number: gamma,207
Translated headword: Gesios, Gesius
Vetting Status: high
During the reign of Zeno[1] he was celebrated for his medical expertise. A native of Petra. He returned and, after bringing his own teacher Domnus the Jew and his colleagues into his practice he became known to nearly everyone everywhere and acquired a great reputation, not only for his medical competence and his teaching skill and industriousness, but also for his all-around refinement in other areas. For since he was an honorable and diligent man he achieved in addition, in the course of time, a considerable reputation for wisdom by means of study and not by natural talent. And he established a technique of medical practices and doctrines that was more accurate than all the physicians and medical theorists of his time. He was slow at the begining to demonstrate his knowledge in public, but he quickly progressed and thrived in it, since he was stately and eloquent; delving only a little in philosophy, but in medicine to the fullest. In this way he came to possess a large fortune and was granted imperial honors that were far from ordinary. But I am convinced of the courageous integrity of his soul; for when Heraiskos[1] was being persecuted by the emperor Zeno he hid him in his own house, disregarding the danger, and even, when he got sick in his flight and left his body, he laid him out well and performed the customary services. But the imperial deputy Agapion detained the other philosophers as well and led them off to the town hall.
Greek Original:
Gesios: epi Zênônos ên lamprunomenos epi technêi iatrikêi, Petraios to genos. kathelôn de ton heautou didaskalon Domnon ton Ioudaion kai tous hetairous pros heauton metastêsamenos oligou pantas pantachou egnôrizeto kai mega kleos eichen, ou monon iatrikês heneka paraskeuês, tês te didaskalikês kai tês ergatidos, alla kai tês allês hapasês paideias. philotimos gar kai philoponos ôn ho anêr allên te pollên en pollôi chronôi meletêi kai ou phusei prosperiebaleto doxosophian, kai tên tôn iatrikôn ergôn te kai logôn akribesteran tôn kath' heauton pantôn iatrôn te kai iatrosophistôn katôrthôse technên. bradeôs de arxamenos epideiknunai dêmosiai tên epistêmên tacheôs anedrame te kai euthênêsen ep' autêi, pompikos ôn kai epideiktikos, philosophias men ep' oligon hêkôn, iatrikês de epi pleiston. hothen kai chrêmatôn megalôn egeneto kurios kai Rhômaïkôn etuchen axiômatôn ou tôn tuchontôn. apodechomai de to andreion parastêma tês agathês psuchês. ton te gar Hêraïskon epizêtoumenon hupo Zênônos basileôs oikôi tôi idiôi katekrupse, parabalomenos pros ton kindunon kai, epeidê en têi phugêi nosêsas apêllagê tou sômatos, eu te peristeilas kai ta nomizomena therapeusas. ho de apostaleis basilikos Agapion kai tous allous philosophous kataschôn eis to archeion apêgage.
Damascius, Life of Isidore fr. 335 Zintzen (299 Asmus).
[1] See generally zeta 83, zeta 84.
[2] See generally eta 450.
Keywords: biography; chronology; daily life; economics; ethics; geography; history; law; medicine; philosophy; religion; science and technology
Translated by: William Hutton on 17 June 2003@05:54:42.
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David Whitehead (added notes; cosmetics) on 17 June 2003@10:38:22.
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