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

Dr. Georgia Petridou


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University of Liverpool
Department of Archaeology, Classics and Egyptology




Publications within the project "Medicine of the mind"

Authored Book

  • Divine Epiphany in Greek Literature and Culture, Oxford University Press, 2015, 427 pp.

Volumes edited

  • Homo patiens. Approaches to the Patient in Ancient Medicine, ed. Georgia Petridou, Chiara Thumiger, Leiden: Brill (Studies in Ancient Medicine, 45), 2015, xv + 548 pp. [Petridou’s contribution: organizing the conference, editing the volume, writing the introduction together with Chiara Thumiger ‘Towards a history of the ancient patient’s point of view’ (pp. 1–20); ‘Aelius Aristides as informed patient and physician’ (pp. 451–470).


  • ‘”One has to be so terribly religious to be an artist”: Divine inspiration and theophilia in Aelius Aristides’ Hieroi Logoi’, Archiv für Religionsgeschichte, 20(1), 2018, pp. 257–271.
  • ‘Contesting religious and medical expertise in the Hieroi Logoi: The therapeutai of Pergamum as religious and medical entrepreneurs’, in: G. Petridou, J. Rupke, & R. Gordon (Eds.), Beyond Priesthood: Religious Entrepreneurs and Innovators in the Roman Empire, Berlin: De Gruyter, 2017, pp. 183–208.
  • ‘Demeter as an ophthalmologist? Eye-shaped votives and the cults of Demeter and Kore’, in: J. Draycott, E.-J. Graham (eds.), Bodies of Evidence: Ancient Anatomical Votives Past, Present, Future, Aldershot: Ashgate, 2017, pp. 95–111.
  • ‘Becoming a doctor, becoming a god: Religion and medicine in Aelius Aristides’ Hieroi Logoi’, in: A. Weissenrieder, G. Etzelmüller (eds.), Religion and Illness, Eugene: Wipf and Stock, 2016, pp. 304–337
  • Healing shrines (Asclepius and others; including healing miracles at Christian shrines)’ in: G. Irby (ed.) A Companion to Science, Technology and Medicine in Ancient Greece and Rome, Oxford: Wiley – Blackwell, 2016, pp. 434–449.,
  • ‘Asclepius the physician, Asclepius theos soter: Epiphanies as diagnostic and therapeutic tools’, in D. Michaelides (ed.) Medicine and Healing in the Ancient Mediterranean, Oxford: Oxbow, 2014, pp. 297–308
  • ‘Blessed is he, who has seen... The power of ritual viewing and ritual framing in Eleusis’, in S. Blundell, D. Cairns and N. Rabinowitz (eds.) Vision and Viewing in Ancient Greece (special issue of Helios 40), 2013, pp. 309–341.