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Leiden University - Dissection Hall, 1610

Leiden University - Dissection Hall, 1610 History Social Studies Visual Arts

Leiden was already a university town by the time the Pilgrims moved there.  This engraving - Anatomical Theater in Leiden - is from 1610.  It was sold as a souvenir at the University and depicts men and women touring the dissection hall. 

The engraving includes various flags, carried by skeletons, which say:

  • Nascentes morimur (which, translated from Latin, means "to be born is to die")
  • Mors ultima linea rerum (meaning, "death is the line that marks the end of all")
  • Mors sceptra ligonibus aeqvat (or, "death wrenches from the hand the sceptre as well as the spade")
  • Pulvis & umbra sumis ("we are dust and shadow").

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Media Credits

Anatomical Theater in Leiden (1610), Engraving by W. Swanenburg.

Courtesy, Yale University

 

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