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Abascantus (Greek) was a physician of Lugdunum, who probably lived in the 2nd century AD. He is several times mentioned by Galen,[1] who has also preserved an antidote invented by him against the bite of serpents.[2] The name is to be met with in numerous Latin inscriptions in Grutor's collection,[] five of which refer to a freedman of Augustus, who is supposed by some scholars to be the same person that is mentioned by Galen. This, however, is quite uncertain, as also whether Parakletios Abaskanthos ( ?) in Galen[3] refers to the subject of this article.[4]


  1. ^ De Compos. Medicam. secund. Locos, ix. 4. vol. xiii. p. 278
  2. ^ De Antid. ii. 12. vol. xiv. p. 177.
  3. ^ De Compos. Medicam. secund. Locos, vii. 3. vol. xiii. p. 71
  4. ^ Greenhill, William Alexander (1867), "Abascantus", in Smith, William (ed.), Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology, 1, p. 2

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