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Readers and Reading Culture in the High Roman EmpireA Study of Elite Communities$
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William A. Johnson

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780195176407

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195176407.001.0001

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Doctors and Intellectuals

Doctors and Intellectuals

Galen’s Reading Community

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(p.74) Chapter 5 Doctors and Intellectuals
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Readers and Reading Culture in the High Roman Empire
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DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195176407.003.0005

Galen of Pergamum was court physician to Marcus Aurelius and the leading doctor of his time. He also was a prolific writer, who wrote with interesting clarity about his expectations for readers. This chapter explores Galen’s use of his medical treatises to advocate for and construct a particular type of elite reading community oriented toward medical and philosophical understanding. The ways in which Galen’s writings circulated, and what it tells us about ancient notions of publication, are also in focus.

Keywords:   Galen of Pergamum, Doctor, medicine, reading community, publication

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