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


PhD projects completed, Habilitations, Honours and Awards, Books recently published

Habilitation projects recently completed


Roberto Lo Presti: „Wo der Philosoph aufhört, fängt der Arzt an“: Aufsätze über die Medizin und Philosophie und über ihr Verhältnis in der Antike und der Frühneuzeit


Chiara Thumiger: A History of the Mind and Mental Health in Classical Greek Medical Thought

PhD projects recently completed


Ricarda Gäbel: Aetius of Amida on Diseases of the Brain and Mental Illness. An Analysis of Chapters 3-10 of the Sixth Book of his Libri Medicinales with Introduction, Translation and Commentary

Wolfgang Häfele: Krankheit und deren Behandlung in Sophronios von Jerusalems Wundern der Heiligen Kyros und Johannes


Georgia-Maria Korobili: Centering on Life. Aristotle’s On Youth and Old Age, on Life and Death, on Respiration, chapters 1-6. Translation, Commentary and Interpretive Essays

Recent Honours and Awards


Orly Lewis

Young Historians Prize of the International Academy for the History of Science

Shlomo Pines Prize for Young Historians


Wei Cheng

Werner-Jaeger-Preis der Gesellschaft für antike Philosophie

Books recently published

Galen, Works on Human Nature, vol. 1: Mixtures (De temperamentis)
Translated with introduction and notes by P. N. Singer and Philip J. van der Eijk, with the assistance of Piero Tassinari
Cambridge University Press, 2018, xviii + 269 pp.

Mixtures is of central importance for Galen’s views on the human body. It presents his influential typology of the human organism according to nine mixtures (or ‘temperaments’) of hot, cold, dry and wet. It also develops Galen’s ideal of the ‘well-tempered’ person, whose perfect balance ensures excellent performance both physically and psychologically.

Mixtures teaches the aspiring doctor how to assess the patient’s mixture by training one’s sense of touch and by a sophisticated use of diagnostic indicators. It presents a therapeutic regime based on the interaction between foods, drinks, drugs and the body’s mixture.

Mixtures is a work of natural philosophy as well as medicine. It acknowledges Aristotle’s profound influence while engaging with Hippocratic ideas on health and nutrition, and with Stoic, Pneumatist and Peripatetic physics. It appears here in a new translation, with generous annotation, introduction and glossaries elucidating the argument and setting the work in its intellectual context.