Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Faculty of Language, Literature and Humanities - Alexander von Humboldt Professorship

Workshop (SFB 980) Aetius of Amida: Books on Medicine (07/2018)

05-06 July 2018

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Hauptgebäude, Unter den Linden 6

Aetius of Amida (6th-7th century CE) is the creator of a large medical encyclopaedia in 16 books, written in Greek and consisting almost exclusively of excerpts taken from earlier Greek medical writers (such as Galen). His work is a major testimony to the transfer of medical ideas in late antiquity. We are studying Aetius’ methods of copying, abbreviation, compilation and reconfiguration of earlier medical material. We are also preparing critical editions and annotated translations of parts of his voluminous work.


Participants: Irene Calà (LMU München), Sean Coughlin, Philip van der Eijk, Ricarda Gäbel, Alessia Guardasole (CNRS Paris, Sorbonne), Orly Lewis (The Martin Buber Society of Fellows in the Humanities), Matteo Martelli, Christine Salazar, Laurence Totelin