Document Type

Article

Peer Reviewed

1

Publication Date

Fall 12-25-2015

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Journal of Late Antiquity

DOI of Published Version

10.1353/jla.2015.0034

Total Pages

18

Abstract

This article asserts that cultural distinctions in the use of oil and the esteem of athletics initially allowed for a higher status for massage therapists, athletic trainers, and anointers in Greek as opposed to Roman culture. Over the course of the Empire, however, these dissimilarities waned due to cultural, medical, and—ultimately—religious shifts. These professionals are, in a sense, trace elements that allow us to track transformation in attitudes towards the body and the power of touch to heal from the high Empire into Late Antiquity. They also allow us to discern the implications of the Church’s claim to arbitrate healing of both the soul and the body.

Keywords

massage therapy, ancient medicine, Roman labor, ancient Rome, late antiquity, epigraphy, early Christianity, oil, healing, Greek athletics

Journal Article Version

Version of Record

Published Article/Book Citation

"As Trainers for the Healthy’: Physical Therapists, Anointers, and Healing in the Late Latin West,” Journal of Late Antiquity 8.2 (Fall, 2015), 386-404. DOI:10.1353/jla.2015.0034

http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/jla/summary/v008/8.2.bond.html

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