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Feet and fertility in the healing temples: a symbolic communication system between gods and men?

Abstract

Anatomical ex-votos of feet have always been interpreted as representing the unhealthy part of the body for which patients were asking healing. However, according to the archaeological data and literary sources, another interpretation is also possible: the purpose of this article is to focus on the strong relationship between feet and fertility in the ancient world by cross-referencing the available archaeological evidence with the scientific data relating to this topic. That shed light on an important aspect of the Healing Temples in Greek and Roman medicine.

  • ancient medicine
  • cultural studies
  • literature and medicine
  • art and medicine

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