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

Dr. Robert Leigh

Robert Adam Leigh
* 17 July 1961






  • Ph.D. Classics and Ancient History 2013 University of Exeter
  • M.A. Classics and Ancient History 2009 University of Exeter – Distinction
  • B.A. Literae Humaniores (Classics and Ancient History) 1983 University of Oxford – first class Honours
  • Moderations 1981 second class Finals 1983
  • Diploma in Greek Palaeography 2010 University of Oxford – Distinction


Recent Occupation

  • Translation of a selection of Linnaeus’ dissertations from Latin into English as part of a project of Dr Staffan Müller-Wille (University of Exeter).
  • Working as Assistant Research Fellow on preparation of database of Linnaeus’ mss. held by the Linnaean Society – project funded by the Wellcome Trust and led by Dr Staffan Müller-Wille.


Current Occupation

Visiting Scholar at Humboldt University, Berlin, revising Ph.D. thesis – a critical edition of [?pseudo-]Galen ‘On Theriac to Piso’ for publication in the Corpus Medicorum Graecorum series, 1 Jan. 2014-31 Dec. 2014.


Conference Papers Given

  • ‘Anecdotal Evidence in Galen On Theriac to Piso’ - “In Sickness and in Health”. Medical History Workshop for Postgraduates, University of Exeter, 10 September 2010
  • Theriac to Piso – evidence based medicine and epangelia - “Approaches to Ancient Medicine”, Cardiff University, 24 August 2010
  • The authorship of On Theriac to Piso – (pending) “Approaches to Ancient Medicine”, Cardiff University, August 2012
  • Is On Theriac to Piso A Forgery? Falsifications and Authority in Antiquity, the Middle Ages and the Renaissance (to be published in forthcoming volume). Leuven, 6-7 December 2012



Organised Wellcome funded conference “Approaches to Ancient Medicine”, University of Exeter, 22-3 August 2011


Publication within the project "Medicine of the mind"

On Theriac to Piso, attributed to Galen, Leiden: Brill (Studies in Ancient Medicine 47), 2015, 326 pp.