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Dio Chrysostom

Dio Chrysostom (dĪo krĭsˈəstəm, krĭsŏsˈ–) [key], d. after A.D. 112, Greek Sophist and orator [Chrysostom = golden-mouthed], b. Prusa (modern Bursa) in Bithynia. He lived at Rome under Emperor Domitian, who subsequently banished him. He traveled widely, finally returning to Rome in the favor of emperors Nerva and Trajan. He leaned toward the philosophy of the Cynics and Stoics. With Plutarch he shared in the revival of Greek literature in the 1st cent. Extant are 80 orations on literary, political, and philosophical subjects.

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