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

Marco Cilione, Silvia Marinozzi, Valentina Gazzaniga
2018 Medical Humanities  
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 crossreferencing the available archaeological evidence with the scientific data relating to this topic. That shed light on an
more » ... ortant aspect of the Healing Temples in Greek and Roman medicine.
doi:10.1136/medhum-2017-011439 pmid:29886427 fatcat:a4ti7lzvbjbmfdikghdpfkvjfa