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Life: He was born in Boeotia about 50 A.D. He received a philosophical education at Athens. He travelled widely and spent time at Rome where he gave public lectures on philosophy. He was one of the teachers of the future emperor, Hadrian. He received consular rank and was made procurator of Greece by the emperor Hadrian. He died in his native town about 120 A.D.

Writings on the Persians: His most famous work is Parallel Lives of Famous Men which includes the lives of Artaxerxes,Themistocles and Alexander where material on the Persians can be found.