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Workshop: Medical traditions in and around Byzantium



Medical traditions in and around Byzantium

Munich, 14th and 15th July 2017
Ludwig Maximilian University, Geschwister-Scholl-Platz 1, 80539 München, Room A 017 (main building)

This workshop is jointly organized by the Departments of Byzantine studies and of the History of Medicine at the Ludwig-Maximilian-University in Munich, in collaboration with the Institute for the Preservation of Medical Traditions in Washington, DC.
The care for the health of populations in the Byzantine World has been little explored in scholarly research, however important a component of Byzantine life it might have been. Just as in other sectors, Byzantium did not only further develop the legacy of Antiquity and transmit it to the worlds with which it was in contact, but it also received the contributions of these worlds and assimilated them in an active way in constant evolution over time. The workshop will examine the different medical traditions in and around Byzantium with the aim to lay down the basis for a renewed approach to medicine in the Eastern Mediterranean, multicultural, aggregative, and dynamic.

The Organizers: Albrecht Berger and Isabel Grimm-Stadelmann (Ludwig Maximilian University, Munich) – Alain Touwaide (Institute for the Preservation of Medical Traditions, Washington, DC)
Co-funded by the Fritz Thyssen Stiftung, the Münchner Vereinigung für Geschichte der Medizin e. V., and the Ärztlicher Verein München e. V..


14th July 2017
14.15–14.30 Albrecht Berger
Opening and introduction
14.30–15.00 Isabel Grimm-Stadelmann
Traces of Ancient Egyptian wisdom in Byzantine Medical Literature
15.00–15.30 Ilias Valiakos
Antidotarium magnum, Antidotarium Nicolai, and the Dynameron of Nikolaos Myrepsos
15.30–16.00 Koray Durak
Byzantine Exports of Materia Medica to the Islamic World
16.00–16.30 - coffee break -
16.30–17.00 Nikolai Serikoff
Hunayn ibn Ishaq and his Greek manual. A Re-discovery
17.00–17.30 Alain Touwaide
Arabic into Greek. Revisiting Symeon Seth
17.30–18.00 Mehrnaz Katouzian-Safadi
Reading Literature, Practicing Medicine. Râzi and his Arabic and Persian colleagues
15th July 2017
9.30–10.00 Siam Bhayro and Stefanie Rudolf
Syriac medical handbooks and the persistence of the Greco-Roman and Mesopotamian sciences
10.00–10.30 Helena Paavilainen
Melancholy and its Treatment in Jewish Medical Sources
10.30–11.00 - coffee break -
11.00–11.30 Caroline Macé
Greek Christian sources of Armenian medical thought
11.30–12.00 Ramaz Shengelia
Georgian Medical Manuscripts and Texts: History and Peculiarity
12.00–12.30 Klaus-Dietrich Fischer
‚Beifang‘ im lateinischen Oribasius: Die Streuüberlieferung griechischer medizinischer Werke
12.30–14.00 - lunch break - 
14.00–14.30 Danilo Valentino
Similar Medicine, Different Eras. Iatrosophia from Byzantium to Early-Modern Greece
14.30–15.00 Patricia Clark
The iatrosofion. Recent Connections with Ancient Greek and Byzantine Medicine
15.00–16.00 - final discussion -