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574 GREEK LITERATURE.
after Christ. Protospatharius was originally a military title, given to the colonel of the body-guards of the Emperor of Constantinople (Spatharii), but afterward became also a high civil dignity. After arriving at high professional and political rank, he at last embraced the monastic life. Of his works, the two most important are, 1. Uepl rrjs rov av&pdirov icara-crKevrjs, De corporis humani fabrica, an anatomical and physical treatise, in five books, the best edition of which is by Greenhill, Oxford, 1842, Svo ; and, 2. Uepl ovpw, De Urinis, the best edition of which is by Guidot, Ley-den, 1703 (and 1731), Svo.