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Department of History and Philosophy of Science


Newnham College, Cambridge
Saturday 21 March 2009

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

This one-day international workshop is the fourth 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, the second met in Dublin in 2007, and the third in Cambridge in 2008). 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, and plan to meet in 2010 in Bamberg.

Speakers include:

  • Thorsten Fögen (Humboldt University, Berlin) 'Scholarship and competitiveness: Pliny the Elder's attitude towards predecessors in the Naturalis historia'
  • Marden Nichols (Cambridge) 'Roman self-fashioning in Vitruvius' De architectura'
  • Rosalind MacLachlan (Birmingham) 'Oribasius and the (auto)epitome: how do the Synopsis ad Eustathium and the Libri ad Eunapium differ?'
  • Rebecca Flemming (Cambridge) 'Us and them in Latin medical texts'
  • Laurence Totelin (Cambridge) 'From anonymity to pseudonymity: authority in the transmission of pharmacological recipes from Hippocrates to Galen'
  • David Langslow (Manchester) 'The Latin Alexander Trallianus and "medical Latin"'
  • Vivian Nutton (UCL) 'De virtute centaureae. A Methodist panacea'

Sabine Föllinger (Bamberg) will chair the afternoon session. Jochen Althoff (Mainz) 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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