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Julie Helen Otto

Julie Helen Otto
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CALLISTHENES (m): Permenio Callisthenes Shaw, son of Jonathan Shaw Jr. of Raynham, b. 7 Oct. 1779, took his second name from Callisthenes, the official historian of the court of Alexander the Great (356–323 B.C., ruled from 336). Callisthenes, a nephew of Alexander’s tutor, the philosopher Aristotle, died after becoming involved in a conspiracy to kill Alexander. His history of the reign, since lost, was one of the principal sources for the later historians Arrian, Quintus Curtius, Plutarch, and their successors.

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