The Iconography of Consumption in the Ancient World

Mirko D. Grmek


There is in Delphi a votive statue - representing a man affected with ph-tisis - which is said to have been dedicated by Hippocrates himself. A lit-tle bronze found in Soissons could refer to the legend of Perdiccas' love sickness. We draw a parallel between Perdiccas' bronze and a mosaique in Lambiridi. Others representations (portraits, coins, statues of rickety children and iconographies of the Old Age) of weak and thin bodies are here studied following a medical approach. 

Key words: Iconography - Consumption - Emaciation - Old age - Rickets

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