CONF: Approaches to Ancient Medicine

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Newcastle University, 24-25 August 2009


Monday 24 August
12.00-13.00 Lunch and Registration
13.00-13.30 Erica Couto-Ferreira (University of Heidelberg)
The Anatomy of Birth in Mesopotamian Incantations and Literary Texts
13.30-14.00 Marzia Soardi (University of Palermo)
How to achieve good offspring: Aristotle’s Prescriptions
14.00-14.30 Jaroslav Danes (Charles University, Prague)
Are there any true theories of inheritance in the classical period?

14.30-14.45 Short break

14.45-15.15 Ca—ta—lin Enache (University of Vienna)
Fire and water as principles of the world in the Hippocratic treatise De victu
15.15-15.45 Hynek Bartos (Charles University, Prague)
Medicine without doctors? – The Hippocratic treatise De victu and its audience
15.45-16.15 Pilar Pérez Canizares (Newcastle University)
The sources of the Hippocratic treatise Affections

16.15-16.45 Tea/Coffee

16.45-17.15 Valeria Andò (University of Palermo)
Erotic dreams and female semen
17.15-17.45 Sylva Fischerová (Charles University, Prague)
The Europe-Asia antithesis in the Peri aeron hydaton topon as a scientific image and mythic heritage
17.45-18.15 Roberto Lo Presti (University of Palermo)
Origins of Knowledge: ‘Visible’ and ‘Invisible’ as categories of thought in the Hippocratics
18.15-18.45 Annette Frölich (University of Copenhagen)
Terra Sigillata – a drug in use for millenniums!

19.00- Drinks and Dinner

Tuesday 25 August
9.00-9.30 Robert Maltby (Leeds University) and
Maryanne Maltby (Anglia Ruskin University)
Celsus on Ears and Hearing
9.30-10.00 Aurélien Gautherie (University of Strasbourg)
An approach to Celsus’ transmission of medical knowledge in the De Medicina: the example of the figure of Asclepiades of Bithynia
10.00-10.30 Uwe Vagelpohl (Warwick University)
Reconfiguring Galen: Hunayn ibn Ishaq and the adaptation of Galenic medicine in the Arabic tradition
10.30-11.00 Anna Corrias (Warburg Institute, London)
Subtle bodies: ochêma, bile and images in the writings of Porphyry and Marsilio Ficino

11.00-11.30 Coffee

11.30-12.00 Nadine Metzger (Newcastle University)
Not a daimon, but a severe illness’ – looking for the demon behind Ephialtes
12.00-12.30 Barbara Zipser (Royal Holloway College, London)
Compiling texts – Ps. Alexander de oculis and its sources
12.30-13.00 Val Knight (University of Manchester)
Humoral theory and the De podagra of Alexander Trallianus

13.15-14.30 Lunch in the Courtyard Restaurant (ground floor)

14.30 Departure

The conference is supported by the Wellcome Trust, the Classical Association and the School of Historical Studies at Newcastle University.

For further information and online booking please visit the conference website

For information on booking please contact:
Melanie Kidd
Conference Support Officer
7th Floor, Daysh Building
Newcastle University
Newcastle upon Tyne
Tel: +44 (0)191 222 5807
Email: Melanie.Kidd AT

For further conference information please contact:
Professor Philip van der Eijk
Northern Centre for the History of Medicine
School of Historical Studies
Newcastle University
Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 7RU
Tel. (+)44.191.2228262
Fax: (+)44.191.2228262 / 6484
email: philip.van-der-eijk AT

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