Dio Chrysostom came from a wealthy provincial family in Prusa, Bithynia. After becoming famous as a travelling lecturer (earning his name: the golden-mouthed), he later traveled across the empire and to Italia where he associated with the Imperial court. Exiled by Domitian, returned from exile by Nerva (earning the name Cocceianus after Cocceius Nerva) and favored by Trajan, his speeches are copious and nearly all of them survive.
What we have consists of sophistic orations, moral discourses and political addresses. Noted for its content on local affairs in the Greek cities in Asia Minor. "The greatest pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do."
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Dio Cocceianus Chrysostomus was a contemporary of Plutarch, Tacitus and Pliny the Younger.