Collyrium Stamps: An Indicator of Regional Medical Practices in Roman Gaul

Baker, Patricia 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. (The full text of this publication is not available from this repository)

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Abstract

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.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: C Auxiliary Sciences of History > CC Archaeology
R Medicine
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: 01 Sep 2014 14:52
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/26309 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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