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Pergamo e un’epidemia di antrace sotto Antonino Pio

Arena Gaetano
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Rivista:
Rivista Storica dell’Antichità
Anno:
2020
Numero:
L
Fascicolo:
Rivista Storica dell'Antichità N. L/2020

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Pergamum and an anthrax epidemic under Antoninus Pius 

In the years 146-147 AD a terrible anthrax epidemic hit the province of Asia. Yet, in this painful situation, the city of Pergamum, home of the famous Asklepieion, became almost a symbol of resilience and was a place of exceptional meetings for the adolescent Galen: the physician and sophist Satyrus, the benefactor and consul Lucius Cuspius Pactumeius Rufinus, the rhetorician and ‘sick’ Publius Aelius Aristides. 

Keywords: Antoninus Pius, Pergamum, medicine, euergetism, disease.