The funeral altar of the image was erected by Ulpios Zosas after the death of his wife Iulia Eutychiane, as a sign of her tomb, in the second half of the 2nd century AD. In the inscription engraved on the monument, he proudly remarks that she was a famous doctor, and in fact he emphasizes her status as a men doctor first, and then her status as a midwife, which is common and expected for a woman.
Thanks to this report, Eutychiane of Dion takes her place amongst the exceptional cases of female doctors of the ancient world.
στος ἔην ἰατ-
τήρ, μαῖα δὲ
ανῇ τῇ συμβίῳ
καὶ αὐτῷ ζῶν.
The funeral altar of Julia Eutychiane is built into the late Roman wall of Dion.
Bibliography: P. Papageorgiou, Μια ξακουστή γιατρός στο αρχαίο Δίον, στο Νάματα. Honorary volume for Professor Dimitrios Pandermalis (Thessaloniki 2011) 249-256.