Saturday, September 4, 2010

Health and Medicine in the Graeco-Roman to Medieval Islamic Worlds

I would like to announce a weekend course at Rewley House, Oxford University, running from the 1st to 3rd October 2010 on Health and Medicine in the Graeco-Roman to Medieval Islamic Worlds.

The course is interdisciplinary and is taught by a number of scholars who have an expertise in various aspects of Classical, Byzantine and Medieval Islamic Medicine.

Some of the key aspects covered are:

  • How was the body and medicine understood by the Greeks, Romans and the Medieval Islamic world?
  • How did perceptions influence cures, diagnoses, operations and recuperations?

Our sources for study range from archaeological to literary, including anatomical votive body parts to Islamic philosophical and scientific commentaries on classical sources. Healing cults, bath houses, votive deposits, bones and medical treatises all provide evidence for issues related to health, the body and medicine in the past.
This weekend programme will explore different facets of and approaches to medicine in the ancient world, comparing and contrasting evidence from the Greek to the Medieval Arab world.

Further information can be found at

Category=3D800#a_togg_O10P149AHR and the course is listed under the topic of 'health'.

Course code O10P149AHR

Registration till end of August.

Fees From £105.00.

Please pass this on to anyone who might have an interest in medical history.

Thank you,

Drs. Patty Baker (University of Kent) and Neil Christie (Leicester University)


Dr. Patty Baker

Classics and Archaeology,

School of European Culture and Languages,

University of Kent,





+44 (0)1227 82 73 49

Sunday, August 15, 2010



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Sunday, August 8, 2010

The Athens Dialogues

The Alexander S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation is organizing The Athens Dialogues, a major international conference on November 24-27, 2010, on the occasion of the opening of the Onassis Cultural Center-Athens. The conference will explore the role of the Greek cultural legacy (broadly defined) in understanding and addressing contemporary global challenges.

The Athens Dialogues conference is organized in collaboration with eight leading world class academic institutions, namely the Academy of Athens, the Accademia dei Lincei, the Austrian Academy of Sciences, the German Archaeological Institute, the Institut de France, the Harvard University's Center for Hellenic Studies, the University of Oxford and the University of Stanford.

This unique intellectual event will bring together 60 eminent scholars in the humanities, social sciences and physical sciences for four days of discussions that will range across the borders of academic disciplines and historical periods. Leading thinkers, academics, scientists and intellectuals from all over the world will gather aiming at opening new routes of thought on issues of universal and diachronic interest, such as:
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A large part of the debate will be conducted on the internet, as speakers will be required to pre-publish an original paper on a cutting edge e-journal, implemented by CHS, Harvard. During the conference, 24 respondents will present their intervention having read the pre-published essays. Also, all our Website visitors will be able to exchange ideas and post their comments regarding the conference contributions through the e-journal forum.

In addition, we intend to involve the audience-some 800 scientists and scholars-in the discussions as active participants, while thousands of people attending the conference through web-casting will be able to address questions in real time. Finally, all the participants will be invited to take part in the Athens Dialogues Network, a restricted web portal dedicated to providing a locus for discussion and communication among academics and intellectuals on a range of issues concerning the evolution of Greek culture over the centuries and its role in today's society.

Visit The Athens Dialogues Website NOW to GET more Information and DISCOVER the Various ways to PARTICIPATE in this Major Event
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Participation Fee is waived for Students
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Interdisciplinary approaches, stimulating debates, diachronic perspectives and the broad participation of great minds of our times make Athens Dialogues a unique opportunity not to be missed!

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Poet in the City - Oral Epic Poetry - 7th June 2010 from 6.30 pm

Poet in the City is organising Oral Epic Poetry on 7 June in Kings Place, London, where Edith Hall will explore Homer's oral epic poetry and an actor will be reciting verses of the Iliad and the Odyssey in ancient Greek. Isabelle Hilton will talk about the now engraved Tibetan oral epic Gesar the Ling and Prof Jeff Opland will discuss Xhosa and Zulu praise poetry of South Africa.

Naomi Setchell
Archive of Performances of Greek & Roman Drama,
Ioannou Centre for Classical & Byzantine Studies,
University of Oxford, 66 St Giles, Oxford OX1 3LU
+44 (0)1865 288210 /

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Cambridge Greek Play 2010: AGAMEMNON

The fortieth triennial Cambridge Greek Play will be staged this autumn at the Cambridge Arts Theatre. Directed by Helen Eastman and with an original score by Alex Silverman, this is a rare opportunity to see Aeschylus' Agamemnon fully staged in the original Greek. The play runs for eight performances from 13 to 16 October 2010; booking is now open at:

For more information about the production please visit

Christopher Whitton (Secretary/Producer)
Emmanuel College
Cambridge CB2 3AP

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Ancient Greek Medicine

Anyone interested in the ancient Greeks should visit the library of the Royal Society of Medicine, 1 Wimpole Street, London W1 to see our current exhibition on Ancient Hellenic Medicine and see how the physicians of the ancient world tackled medical conditions similar, and often identical, to those of our own times.