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Digital Exhibit Explores the Lasting Legacy of an Ancient Researcher and Physician to Emperors

The National Herald

Digital Exhibit Explores the Lasting Legacy of an Ancient Researcher and Physician to Emperors. (Photo via snf.org)

NEW YORK - Every area of contemporary medicine, a new exhibit argues, has felt the influence of one ancient Greek physician: Galen.

The Empire’s Physician: Prosperity, Plague, and Healing in Ancient Rome, the first digital exhibition from the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World (ISAW) at New York University, delves into Galen’s role as a doctor, a thinker, and a witness to historical events including the Antonine Plague. Contemporary health workers, scientists, and first responders will share perspectives on their work’s connections to antiquity, and public events kick off with a March 11 lecture on Science and Spectacle in Galen’s Rome.

The Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) provided support for ISAW’s first foray into digital exhibitions, as well as, in 2016, for a physical exhibit on Time and Cosmos in Greco-Roman Antiquity.