n Acta Classica : Proceedings of the Classical Association of South Africa - The in the of Celsus

Supplement 2
  • ISSN : 0065-1141
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The position and significance of Aulus Cornelius Celsus (c. 25 BC-50 AD) in the study of medicine in antiquity have been controversial. The views range from regarding him as a mere compiler or translator of a Hellenistic medical handbook (Wellman and Marx respectively) to a physician who practised medicine. Neither of these extreme views is accepted today. Celsus reveals a thorough acquaintance with, and understanding of, Greek medicine, but expresses a definite Roman approach. Unfortunately nothing is known about Celsus other than what can be deduced from the contents of his remaining work and from references to him by a few contemporaries whose works have survived.

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