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Salerno – the Hippocratic State
Salerno – the Hippocratic State

Author(s): Vassilka Nikolova
Subject(s): History
Published by: Балканска асоциация по история и философия на медицината (БАИФМ)

Summary/Abstract: For centuries the fame of Salerno was mainly due to its medical school, which turned the city into a center of medical science in Western Europe – the prestige of this South Italian littoral city grew so much that it was called Civitas Hippocratica (Hippocratic state). These words and the image of Hippocrates with a halo of a Christian saint adorn the city coat of arms. Salerno maintained constant the light of ancient knowledge, the ancient education was never interrupted here, the ancient traditions never died and literary techniques of paganism lived in the minds of educated people and priests. Like the ancient temples of Asclepius the cathedral and monastery schools kept alive the ancient science. Salerno Medical School is the first medieval school in the cosmopolitan city of Salerno, situated on the Tyrrhenian Sea next to the mouth of the Silary river in the Campania region, about 50 km south of Naples.

  • Issue Year: IX/2014
  • Issue No: 01
  • Page Range: 18-24
  • Page Count: 7
  • Language: English