Palladius (physician)

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Palladius (Greek: Παλλάδιος; c. 6th century) a Greek medical writer, some of whose works are still extant. Nothing is known of the events of his life, but, as he is commonly called Iatrosophistes, he is supposed to have gained that title by having been a professor of medicine at Alexandria. His date is uncertain; he may lived in the 6th or 7th centuries.[1] All that can be pronounced with certainty is that he quotes Galen, and is himself quoted by Rhazes. Three of his works are extant:[2]

  • Commentary on Hippocrates' On fractures
  • Commentary on book VI of Hippocrates' Epidemics
  • Commentary on Galen's On the Sects

His Commentaries on Hippocrates are in a great measure abridged from Galen; they appear to have been known to the Arabic writers. They have both of them come down to us imperfect.


  1. ^ Heinrich von Staden, Hellenistic Reflections on the History of Medicine in Ancient Histories of Medicine: Essays in Medical Doxography and Historiography in Classical Antiquity, page 159. (1999). BRILL
  2. ^ Eleanor Dickey, (2007), Ancient Greek Scholarship: A Guide to Finding, Reading, and Understanding Scholia, Commentaries, Lexica, and Grammatical Treatises, page 44. Oxford University Press

 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainSmith, William, ed. (1870). "article name needed". Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology.