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Wondrous Healings in Greek Epigrams (and Their Parodic Counterparts)

From the book Medicine and Paradoxography in the Ancient World

  • Lucia Floridi


In this paper I explore the connections between temple medicine, inscriptions commemorating - or actually “advertising” - wondrous healings, epigrams, and paradoxa. I start with a survey of the (often highlighted) connections between Posidippus’ iamatika and temple iamata, and also indicate the points of contact between healing literature and the work of paradoxographers. I then examine a few epigrams on miraculous healings preserved via the Greek Anthology in order to show that they belong to the same subgenre of iamatika. I end with examples of parodic distortion of the themes of healing literature in scoptic epigrams dealing with murderous doctors.

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