Marble Relief of Greek Physician and Patient

Marble Relief of Greek Physician and Patient

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author: Carole Raddato

A photograph shows a marble relief of a Greek physician and a patient. The former is robed and sits on a bench while examining the patient, who stands in front of him unclothed. The patient has childlike proportions, with the head of an old man and a protruding belly. The two are depicted in a building, with a tiled roof overhead and a floor bearing an inscription underneath.


Artifact: 2nd century AD

Photo: May 2014


This marble relief scene depicts a Greek physician and patient. The inscription below the scene reveals physician’s name as “Jason, also known as Decimus,” then lists the names of several other family members.

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