Aelius Aristides (3031 words)

Matthew Dillon (University of New England)
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Aelius Aristides was a second-century A.D. Greek rhetorician from Asia Minor, best known for his Orations, which were prepared in advance of delivery. He also wrote the Hieroi Logoi [Sacred Tales], which detail his relationship in his many sicknesses with the healing god Asclepius. His Orations were much admired in Late Antiquity, influencing many writers, and have entered the western canon of rhetoric.


Aristides was born on 26th November (Gregorian calendar) A.D. 117, the son of Eudaimon, in Mysia (on the southern coast of the Sea of Marmara, in modern Turkey), in what became the city of Hadriani, a city founded by Hadrian in A.D. 123 on a …

Citation: Dillon, Matthew. "Aelius Aristides". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 17 October 2017 [, accessed 27 November 2021.]

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