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Ancient Greek and Roman Medical and Scientific Writing

Newnham College, Cambridge
Saturday 15 March 2008

Organised by Liba Taub (History and Philosophy of Science, Cambridge) and Aude Doody (University College Dublin) with thanks to Newnham College, the School of Classics (UCDublin), the Classics Faculty (Cambridge), the Department of History and Philosophy of Science (Cambridge) and the Wellcome Trust.

This one-day international workshop is the third to be organised by Taub and Doody, focusing on ancient Greek and Roman scientific and medical writing (the first was held in Cambridge in 2006, and the second met in Dublin in 2007). These workshops are especially intended to provide a forum for lively and engaging discussion of shared research interests; we look forward to continuing the stimulating and helpful exchange begun in St Andrews in 2005.

Speakers include:

  • Sabine Föllinger (Bamberg) 'Aristotle's biological works as scientific literature'
  • Sophia Connell (Cambridge) 'Aristotle's De Generatione Animalium Book 4.3: how it fits into the work as a whole'
  • Marco Formisano (Humboldt University, Berlin) 'Strategies of authorization in the art of war'
  • Laurence Totelin (Cambridge) 'Tell me your name and I'll tell you who you are: naming pharmacological recipes in the Graeco-Roman tradition'
  • Philip van der Eijk (Newcastle) 'Readers' digests: the development of medical compendia and "encyclopaedias" in late antiquity'
  • Vivian Nutton (UCL) 'On different styles of medieval translating of Galen's Greek into Latin, with special reference to De sententiis and De motibus'

Jochen Althoff (Mainz) will chair the morning session. Harry Hine (St Andrews) will lead the discussion, following the papers.

If you are interested in attending, or if you are unable to attend, but wish to be contacted for future workshops, please contact Liba Taub. Postgraduates in HPS and Classics are particularly encouraged to attend.

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