Cassius Dio (1418 words)

Leonardo Gregoratti (University of Durham)
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Lucius Cassius Dio (c. 155 AD - c. 235 AD; Latin: Lucius Cassius Dio; the cognomen Cocceianus is attested only later, in Byzantine times, and is probably invented), was a Roman statesman and historian of Greek origin.

Life and Career

Cassius Dio was the son of the Roman senator Cassius Apronianus, consul and Roman governor of Lycia-Pamphylia, Cilicia and Dalmatia (Cass. Dio, XLIX 36. 4; LXIX 1. 3; LXXII 7. 2); he hailed from the city of Nicia in Bithynia and therefore was a Roman citizen by birth. The issue of his name remains unresolved, and only the names Cassius and Dio are reliably attested. Some epigraphic sources give Lucius as his praenomen, while others add

Citation: Gregoratti, Leonardo. "Cassius Dio". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 25 March 2019 [, accessed 03 March 2021.]

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