A Dictionary of Greek and Roman biography and mythology

Smith, William

A Dictionary of Greek and Roman biography and mythology. William Smith, LLD, ed. 1890

(Ἀμήντης), an ancient Greek surgeon, mentioned by Galen as the inventor of some ingenious bandages. (De Fasciis, 100.58, 61, 89, vol. xii. pp. 486, 487, 493, ed. Chart.) Some fragments of the works of a surgeon named Amyntas (of which name Amentes is very possibly a corruption) still exist in the manuscript Collection of Surgical Writers by Nicetas (Fabricius, Bibl. Gr. vol. xii. p. 778, ed. vet.), and one extract is preserved by Oribasius (Coll. Medic. 48.30) in the fourth volume of Cardinal Mai's Collection of Classici Auctores e Vaticanis Codicibus, p. 99, Rom. 1831, 8vo. His date is unknown, except that he must have lived in or before the second century after Christ. He may perhaps be the same person who is said by the Scholiast on Theocritus (Idyll. 17.128) to have been put to death by Ptolemy Philadelphus, about B. C. 264, for plotting against his life.