Leoparda was a respected gynecologist in Gratian’s royal court, and we can assume she felt honored to serve her emperor in this capacity, in a field of medicine she had studied and knew well. But alas, she was a woman after all, in a time when a woman's intelligence was questioned and generally considered inferior. It was recorded that her remedies were “no more scientific that those in the Greek Dioscorides,” an ancient Greek encyclopedia that referenced the use of herbal medicine and similar. Of course, today we recognize the value of herbal medicine and alternative treatments. Perhaps, too, criticism of Leoparda's methods had more to do with Gratian’s two wives who wanted children but remained childless.
What do you think?
|Ancient Roman relief carving of a midwife.|
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gratian; https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leoparda; https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pedanius_Dioscorides