Seats in the Roman Theatre, 2nd century AD, at the Asclepium or Sanctuary of Asclepius, 3km from the acropolis of Pergamon, modern-day Bergama, Izmir, Turkey. This small theatre seated 3500 patients who would listen to music or watch plays as part of their therapeutic treatment. The Asclepium is named after the god of healing and housed a sacred spring where people could bathe and cure their illnesses. Galen, the most famous doctor in the Roman Empire and physician of Emperor Marcus Aurelius, worked in the Asclepium for many years. Picture by Manuel Cohen

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Seats in the Roman Theatre, 2nd century AD, at the Asclepium or Sanctuary of Asclepius, 3km from the acropolis of Pergamon, modern-day Bergama, Izmir, Turkey. This small theatre seated 3500 patients who would listen to music or watch plays as part of their therapeutic treatment. The Asclepium is named after the god of healing and housed a sacred spring where people could bathe and cure their illnesses. Galen, the most famous doctor in the Roman Empire and physician of Emperor Marcus Aurelius,...
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