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

Activities, Projects and Organisations

Medicine of the Mind, Philosophy of the Body: Discourses of Health and Well-Being in the Ancient World

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Research Training Group ‘Philosophy, Science and the Sciences’

This Research Training Group is devoted to the dialogue between different forms and models of knowledge in ancient Greek, Roman and Arabic philosophy and science. As an interdisciplinary programme, it brings together philosophers, classicists, Arabists and historians of science. It is funded by Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) and started in October 2014.

For further details see http://www.gsap.hu-berlin.de/gsap?set_language=en&cl=en/


Der Transfer medizinischer Episteme in den ‘enzyklopädischen’ Sammelwerken der Spätantike
(SFB 980: Episteme in Bewegung)

The aim of this project, funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, is to study the role of late antique encyclopaedias in the transmission of medical knowledge, and to compare and relate them to the transmission of medical ideas in Jewish literature.

For further details see http://www.sfb-episteme.de/teilprojekte/sagen/A03/


Berliner Antike-Kolleg and Berlin Graduate School for Ancient Studies

The Berliner Antike-Kolleg unites six of Berlin’s research institutions and embraces the full spectrum of research and teaching in ancient studies. This makes this partnership unique – worldwide.

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Einstein Center Chronoi

Einstein Center Chronoi is an interdisciplinary research center that facilitates collaborations between scholars from different disciplines in order to contribute to the understanding of time in the ancient world. As a result, our team draws on a diverse range of relevant experiences.

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The August-Boeckh-Antikezentrum initiates and co-ordinates interdisciplinary activities and projects (in research and teaching) in Ancient Studies and neighbouring disciplines within the Humboldt University.

For further information see http://www.antikezentrum.hu-berlin.de/


Zentrum Grundlagenforschung der alten Welt

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Galen als Vermittler, Interpret und Vollender der antiken Medizin

The aim of this project, funded by the Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften, is to provide critical editions with translation and commentary of a number of major works by Galen of Pergamum, to be published as part of the series Corpus Medicorum Graecorum (CMG).

For further details see http://cmg.bbaw.de/project-office?set_language=en


Berlin Center for the History of Knowledge

This is a partnership between the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, the Humboldt University, the Freie Universität Berlin and the Technische Universität Berlin, which bundles and co-ordinates Berlin’s exceptional resources in the study of the history of science.

For further information see http://www.wissensgeschichte-berlin.de/


Towards a Galen in English (Cambridge Galen Translations)

The aim of this project, co-funded by the Wellcome Trust, is to provide a co-ordinated series of scholarly translations of works of Galen of Pergamum, one of the most prominent medical writers of antiquity.

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Commentaria in Aristotelem Graeca et Byzantina

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Alexandrinische und Antiochenische Bibelexegese

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Accessing Ancient Medicine

This project, co-funded by the Wellcome Trust, aims to make available in English translation a number of key texts in the history and historiography of ancient medicine.

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Interdisziplinäre Arbeitsgruppe Zukunft der Medizin – Gesundheit für alle

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Medizinsenat der Charité

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Former Projects

Kairos, Krisis, Rhythmos: Time and Time Awareness in Ancient Medicine

Within the Einstein Center CHRONOI (https://www.ec-chronoi.de/) and with the financial support of the Einstein Foundation (https://www.einsteinfoundation.de), the Alexander von Humboldt Professorship had been conducted in the academic year 2019-20  a research project on the following theme.

Mapping Body and Soul (TOPOI): Ancient Medical Theories about the Localization of Mental Faculties in the Body

The aim of this project, funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, was to study ancient medical and philosophical theories about the physical aspects of mental faculties and diseases of the mind.

For further details see http://www.topoi.org/group/d-2/