Baker, P.A. (2011) Collyrium stamps: an indicator of regional medical practices in Roman Gaul. European Journal of Archaeology, 14 (1-2). pp. 158-189. ISSN 1461-9571.
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Collyrium stamps, objects used to mark eye medicines, are more commonly found in Gaul than any other Roman province. Since they appear after Roman occupation, it is believed they evince a spread of Roman medicine, but this idea is not well-supported. Through a detailed study of the collyrizzm stamps it is apparent that the stamps took on other functions beyond marking remedies. They were used as amulets and votive offerings, signined by the fact that most are made of steatite and schist, almost all are green a colour associated with eye care, and a number are decorated with magical symbols, and also by their context. Ultimately, the manner in which they were used demonstrates an adaptation of Roman material culture to fit the practices and beliefs based on earlier Iron Age traditions in the region.
|Subjects:||C Auxiliary Sciences of History > CC Archaeology
D History General and Old World > DC France
|Divisions:||Faculties > Humanities > School of European Culture and Languages > Classical and Archaeological Studies|
|Depositing User:||Patricia Baker|
|Date Deposited:||29 Jun 2011 15:39|
|Last Modified:||02 Mar 2012 12:18|
|Resource URI:||http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/26309 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)|
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