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“Memorial” Strategies of Court Physicians in the Imperial Period

Abstract : Court physicians enjoyed an outstanding radiance and they were, in theory, able to spread with ease their memory, an aim of the greatest importance to individuals in Antiquity. Crossing historical, literary, anthropological and iconographic approaches, this paper questions the strategies used by those privileged physicians in order to perpetuate their memory. After focusing on key figures like Antonius Musa, Stertinius Xenophon and the Statilii or less widely-known personalities like Philotas of Amphissa, Euphorbos and Andromachus the Elder it appears that those physicians felt they had to rely mainly on literary works to achieve this end, although uncertain transmission often rendered it inadequate for the purpose. After all, benefactory practices were of greater weight because their memory was in return more efficiently perpetuated by members of their family and their native cities as demonstrated by epigraphy and numismatic.
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Sébastien Barbara. “Memorial” Strategies of Court Physicians in the Imperial Period. Brigitte Maire (Dir.). 'Greek' and 'Roman' in Latin Medical Texts. Studies in Cultural Change and Exchange in Ancient Medicine, 42, Brill, pp.25-42, 2014, Studies in Ancient Medicine, 9789004273863. ⟨10.1163/9789004273863_004⟩. ⟨hal-01663593⟩

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