Bust of Apollonios of Kition

Located at the start of the town centre, along Grigori Afxentiou Street, the bust of Apollonios of Kition is dedicated to the island's most distinguished physician of the 1st century BC.

As a physician belonging to the Empiric School of Medicine (founded in 330 BCE), Apollonios of Kition studied in Alexandria, but lived in Kition (modern-day Larnaka). The Empiric School of Medicine believed in deriving knowledge from experience only ('empiria' in Greek), and spread from Ancient Greece to Rome. He also wrote several books, with his surviving volume 'Peri Arthron' (On Joints) - which was written in Cyprus - currently maintained in Florence. 

As part of the interactive Larnaka Storytelling Statues project, you can hear the physician recount his story here.

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