Roman relief from a marble tomb, 201-300 CE

201-300 CE in Roman Empire

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Fragment of a roman relief from a marble sarcophagus showing a winged cherub, part of Asklepios and a serpent, possibly a doctor's sarcophagus, 3rd century AD

Roman tombs and graves were often carved with symbols, giving an indication of the person’s life or profession whilst on earth. Asklepios, the Greco-Roman god of medicine and healing is carved accompanied by a snake. This would suggest that the occupant of the tomb was a physician.

Asklepios was often pictured with a snake who was his messenger. Snakes were also believed to have healing powers.

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Classical & Medieval Medicine
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relief portraiture and asklepios, portraiture and relief
  • visual and verbal communication
  • sculpture
Antichita Belle Arti

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