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Anaxilaus of Larissa was a physician and Pythagorean philosopher. According to Eusebius, he was banished from Rome in B.C. 28 by Augustus on the charge of practicing magic[1]. Anaxilaus wrote about the "magical" properties of minerals, herbs, and other substances and derived drugs, and is cited by Pliny in this regard.[1] Some believe his exceptional knowledge of natural science allowed him to produce tricks that were mistaken for magic.


  1. ^ a b Taran, L. (1970). "Anaxilaus of Larissa". Dictionary of Scientific Biography. 1. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons. pp. 150. ISBN 0684101149. 

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ANAXILAUS, of Larissa, a physician and Pythagorean philosopher, who was banished from Rome by Augustus, B.C. 28, on the charge of practising the magic art. This accusation appears to have originated in his superior skill in natural philosophy, by which he produced effects that the ignorant attributed to magic.

Euseb., Chron. ad Olymp. clxxxviii.; St Iren. i. 13; Pliny xix. 4, xxv. 95, xxviii. 49, xxxii. 52, xxxv. 50.

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