A Dictionary of Greek and Roman biography and mythology

Smith, William

A Dictionary of Greek and Roman biography and mythology. William Smith, LLD, ed. 1890

or AEGI'MIUS (Αἴγιμος, or Αἰγίμιος), one of the most ancient of the Greek physicians, who is said by Galen (De Differ. Puls. 1.2, 4.2. 11. vol. viii. pp. 498, 716, 752) to have been the first person who wrote a treatise on the pulse. He was a native of Velia in Lucania, and is supposed to have lived before the time of Hippocrates, that is, in the fifth century before Christ. His work was entitled Περὶ Παλμῶν, De Palpitationibus, (a name which alone sufficiently indicates its antiquity,) and is not now in existence. Callimachus (apud Athen. xiv. p. 643e.) mentions an author named Aegimius, who wrote a work on the art of making cheesecakes (πλακουντοπουκὸν σύγγραμμα, and Pliny mentions a person of the same name (H. N. 7.49), who was said to have lived two hundred years; but whether these are the same or different individuals is quite uncertain