Damaskios one of the last eclectic philosophers, was a native of Damascus, studied in Alexandria and Athens, and taught the Neo-Platonic philosophy in the latter city. In consequence of the persecution of paganism by the emperor Justinian, Damaskios, in 529, emigrated to Persia, where he was well received by Khosroes, who, at the treaty of peace in 533, obtained for him permission to return and freedom of his religious belief. He is the author of a number of works, the most important of which is entitled Περὶ ἀρχῶν (edited by J. Kopp, Frankfort, 1826). On his life and opinions, see Kopp, preface to the above work, and Jules Simon in Dictionnaire des Sciences Philosophiques. — Hoefer, Biog. Generale, 12:842.