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Aetius of Amida: Books on Medicine

May 11, 2017 - May 12, 2017

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

Aetius of Amida (6th-7th century CE) is the creator of a large medical encyclopaedia in 16 books, written in Greek and consisting almost exclusively of excerpts taken from earlier Greek medical writers (such as Galen). His work is a major testimony to the transfer of medical ideas in late antiquity. 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 second dedicated workshop, we will make further preparations towards the publication of the translation and notes of book I of Aetius’ work. This book deals with pharmacology, and it consists of a summary of Galen’s theory of simple medicines, followed by a discussion of drugs derived from plants.

Participants: Christine Salazar (HU Berlin), Matteo Martelli (BBAW), Sean Coughlin (HU Berlin), Eric Gowling (Glasgow University), Piero Tassinari (Cardiff University), John Wilkins (University of Exeter), Ricarda Gäbel (HU Berlin), Lucia Raggetti (FU Berlin), Irene Calà (HU Berlin) and Philip van der Eijk (HU Berlin).

Persons wishing to attend the workshop should contact Philip van der Eijk: philip.van.der.eijk[at]hu-berlin.de

Time & Location

May 11, 2017 - May 12, 2017

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin,
Institut für Klassische Philologie
Unter den Linden 6
10117 Berlin