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

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