The divinization of Alexander through medicine

Borja Antela-Bernárdez, César Sierra Martín

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© copyright by fabrizio serra editor, Pisa, Roma. This paper is focused on the medical knowledge of Alexander the Great in order to show its link to his well-know process of divination. Specifically, we show how Alexander changes from the Hippocratic Medicine point of view to a religious medicine, close to archaic iatromanteis. This evolution follows the military campaign: at the beginning, Alexander shows a pragmatic knowledge of medicine and, at the end; he is close to the archaic practice of medicine. We think that this evolution takes part of the Alexander's divinization process, which can be associated with Asclepius.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)115-138
JournalQuaderni Urbinati di Cultura Classica
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2016


  • Alexander the great
  • Asclepius
  • Deification
  • Greek medicine


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