Saints Cosmas and Damian's Basilica

The Basilica dedicated to the memory of the brothers and martyrs Cosmas and Damian in Rome (via dei Fori Imperiali, 1), is strictly related to the history of medicine of the ancient Capital of the Roman Empire.

The importance of this Basilica for the history of medicine is not only related to the fact that the two brothers were physicians and became soon patrons of physicians, surgeons, pharmacists and veterinarians, but also to the tradition according to which Claudius Galen himself lectured in the Library of the Temple of Peace (“Bibliotheca Pacis”), on the same site of the actual Basilica. Furthermore, for centuries, in this “medical area” roman physicians had their meetings1.

  • Photos by Luca Borghi ti.supmacinu|ihgrob.l#| (May 2008)

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