Aetius of Amida, Books on Medicine

31.10.2019 - 01.11.2019

Workshop organised by project A03 „The Transfer of Medical Episteme in the ‘Encyclopaedic’ Compilations of Late Antiquity“ (Head: Prof. Dr. Philip van der Eijk)

Aetius of Amida (6th century CE) is the creator of a large medical encyclopaedia in 16 books, which has survived in its entirety. Not all books exist in a printed edition, though. It is written in Greek and consists almost exclusively of excerpts taken from earlier Greek medical writers (such as Galen). His encyclopaedia is not only a locus of preservation for the fragments of otherwise lost works, but also a major testimony to the transfer of medical ideas in late antiquity. In Teilprojekt A03, we are studying Aetius’ methods of copying, abbreviation, compilation and reconfiguration of earlier medical material. We are also preparing critical editions and annotated translations of parts of his voluminous work.


In this workshop, we will turn to the ninth book of Aetius’ Libri medicinales which is devoted to diseases of the digestive tract. Together with invited experts in the field we will use this workshop to finalise the edition and translation of book nine.

Participants: Irene Calà (University of Munich), Philip van der Eijk (HU Berlin), Klaus-Dietrich Fischer (University of Mainz) Ricarda Gäbel (HU Berlin), Mario Lamagna (University of Naples), Lennart Lehmhaus (FU Berlin), Tommaso Raiola (University of Naples), Christine Salazar (HU Berlin). 

Zeit & Ort

31.10.2019 - 01.11.2019

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Institut für Klassische Philologie
Unter den Linden 6
10099 Berlin

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Those wishing to attend the workshop should contact Ricarda Gäbel.