Bardaisan (Bardesanes) (154-222 AD) is the only author writing in Syriac at this period of whom we have some personal details. He lived in Edessa and was known at the court of King Abgar VIII (the Great). Although he must have been highly educated in Greek literature, he wrote only in Syriac. He was known as the "Aramean philosopher."
None of his works have survived, although he wrote both prose and verse. A fragment of an astronomical work by Bardesanes was preserved by George, bishop of the Arab tribes, and republished by Nau in "Bardesane l'astrologue" etc. (Paris, 1899).