Details of Salus personified

Salus is the female personification of health. She is normally shown draped and either seated, feeding a snake coiled around an altar, or standing, holding and feeding the snake. Salus appears on coins between the 1st century BC and the 4th century AD. Coin inscriptions often specify the welfare of the emperor (Salus Augusti), of the soldiers (Salus Militum) and of the state (Salus Reipublicae).


  • Snake
  • Draped
  • Altar

Greek counterpart

Salus can be identified with the Greek deity Hygieia

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