Biography of Galen of Pergamon

Galen of Pergamon (129/131-c.200/c.216) is also known as Aelius Galenus, Claudius Galenus, Galeno, and Galen. He is often considered to be the most accomplished of all medical researchers of antiquity. His theories dominated and influenced Western medical science for more than 1,300 years. The Antonine Plague is sometimes named after Galen as the Plague of Galen.

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129 or 131 – He is born in Pergamon.

157 – He returns to Pergamon after traveling and studying.

162 – He goes to Rome.

166 – The Antonine Plague strikes while he is in Rome.

c.200-c.216 – He dies in Sicily (?).

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