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Liana Miate
published on 12 May 2017

Statue of a man. 12th Dynasty, about 1911-1870 BCE. Deir el-Bersheh, Egypt. The British Museum, (photo taken at The Powerhouse Museum, Sydney, Australia)

This figure, with its short wig and long kilt, is thought to depict one of the earliest doctors known from ancient Egypt - a physician named Gua. Gua and his brother Seni both held the title of wer swnw ('chief doctor') and practised during the 12th Dynasty (1985-1795 BCE)

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About the Author

Liana Miate
Liana is the Social Media Editor for Ancient History Encyclopedia. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree with a major in ancient Greece, Rome & Late Antiquity. She is particularly passionate about Rome and Greece, and anything to do with mythology or women.

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