The NYU Inistitute for the Study of the Ancient World presents
The Empire's Physician: Prosperity, Plague, and Healing in Ancient Rome
An Online Exhibition
Starting February 26, 2021
The Institute for the Study of the Ancient World at New York University will launch its first virtual exhibition on February 26, The Empire’s Physician: Prosperity, Plague, and Healing in Ancient Rome. Presenting the life of the influential Roman doctor Galen (ca. 129–216/7 CE), this richly illustrated, interactive online exhibition contextualizes the doctor’s biography within the ancient medical landscape as well as within his broader historical situation. Today one cannot think of an area of medical practice not touched by his expansive legacy: the history of contemporary medicine begins in the ancient world with Galen. A learned, accomplished physician, he treated a range of patients—men and women, adults and children, peasants and emperors—afflicted with a variety of conditions. Additionally, he described several crises of his day, including the Great Fire and the Antonine Plague. Galen’s prolific writings provide not only an account of the ancient healing arts and attendant debates, but also a broader sense of life in the Roman Empire.
Visit the exhibition at this link: https://galen.nyu.yourcultureconnect.com/e/home
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