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Greek physician and historian of Persia and India whose works were popular and influential in antiquity. In 405 BC Ctesias traveled to the Persian court, where he remained as physician under the rulers Darius II and Artaxerxes II. He claimed to have treated Artaxerxes for wounds inflicted by his brother, Cyrus, at the Battle of Cunaxa in 401 (an episode related by Xenophon in Anabasis, Book I)

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