A Greek born in Naucratis, Aegyptus, he moved to Rome where he wrote his Savants at Dinner, a miscellaneous collection of facts, quotations and anecdotes on various social, literary, and particularly culinary topics.
"Nor do even men of advanced age, who marry young wives, perceive that they are hurling themselves into manifest evil, although the poet of Megara has given the warning: "Surely a young wife is not suited to an aged husband; for she obeys not the rudder like a boat, nor do the anchors hold; breaking away from her moorings, oft-times in the nightwatches she finds another haven."
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The value of his work lies partly in the great number of quotations from lost works of antiquity that it preserves, nearly 800 writers are being quoted.