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

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We are very sad to announce that Christine Salazar passed away on 20 October 2021 after a period of illness (link to Obituary)


Christine Salazar was born in Vienna, where she also took her undergraduate degree (Mag. phil.) in Italian and Ancient History in 1974. After a long gap (living in Tokyo, teaching French and German at Kanda Institute of Foreign Languages, a college in the American sense of the word), she returned to her studies to do an MPhil in History of Medicine (1986-87), followed by a PhD in Classics (1987-91), both at the University of Cambridge. The title of the PhD thesis was ‚The Treatment of War Wounds in Graeco-Roman Antiquity’. The following years were mainly taken up with translations, supervisions and occasional lectures at the Department of History and Philosophy of Science (University of Cambridge), then copy-editing for Cambridge University Press. From 2001 to 2010 she worked freelance for Brill Academic Publishers (Leiden, The Netherlands) as editor-in-chief of Brill’s New Pauly, the English version of Der neue Pauly. From April 2007 to April 2011, she was holder (part-time) of a grant from the Oesterreichische Nationalbank Jubiläumsfonds for the project ‘Early Byzantine Medicine – A Sourcebook’. She also gave occasional seminars on Greek and Roman medicine, as well as acting as supervisor for dissertations on ancient medicine at the Medizinische Universität Wien (Department und Sammlungen für Geschichte der Medizin). From January 2010 until December 2014, she was Research Associate on the project ‘Towards a Galen in English’ at Newcastle University, preparing a translation with commentary of Galen’s ‘Commentary on the Prognostic of Hippocrates’. From July 2012 onwards, she also held a position as Research Associate at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, as part of Philip van der Eijk’s Teilprojekt A03 ‘Der Transfer medizinischer Episteme in den “enzyklopädischen” Sammelwerken der Spätantike’ within the SFB 980, ‘Episteme in Bewegung. Wissenstransfer von der alten Welt bis in die frühe Neuzeit’.



Published books and articles
  • ‘Aetius of Amida’s abbreviations of his Galenic source texts’ (co-authored with P.J. van der Eijk), in: I. Boehm, D. Vallat (eds.), Epitome. Abréger les textes antiques, Lyon: Maison de l’Orient et de la Méditerranée, 2020, pp. 17–26
  • ‘Treating the commander – and everyone else; rank and survival’, in: R. Breitwieser, F. Humer, E. Pohammer, R. Arnott (eds), Medizin und Militär – Soldiers and Surgeons. Beiträge zur Wundversorgung und Verwundetenfürsorge im Altertum. Akten des IV. internationalen Kolloquiums, 17.-19. September 2015. Archäologischer Park Carnuntum, Neue Forschungen Band 15. Amt der NÖ Landesregierung, Abteilung Kunst und Kultur, St. Pölten 2018, 57-63.
  • ‘Continuity and innovation in Paul of Aegina’s chapters on headaches and migraines’, in: L. Lehmhaus and M. Martelli (eds), Collecting Recipes. Byzantine and Jewish Pharmacology in Dialogue.  Science, Technology and Medicine in Ancient Cultures, vol. 4. De Gruyter, Boston/Berlin 2017, 175-93.
  • ‘Caring for the sick and wounded’, in: B. Campbell, L. Tritle (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Warfare in the Classical World, Oxford University Press, ch. 14, Oxford 2013, 294-311.
  • ‘Medicine, Roman military’, ‘Wounds, nature and treatment of’ and ‘Archery’, in: R. Bagnall et al. (eds), Encyclopedia of Ancient History. Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford 2012.
  • As editor: Brill’s New Pauly. Encyclopaedia of the Ancient World. [English version of H. Cancik and H. Schneider (eds), Der neue Pauly.] Brill, Leiden/Boston: vols. 1-15 and Atlas, 2002-2010.
  • ‘Die Ohnmacht in der griechisch-römischen Medizin, insbesondere im traumatologisch-chirurgischen Umfeld’, Sudhoffs Archiv 85.2 (2001), 169-74.
  • The Treatment of War Wounds in Graeco-Roman Antiquity. Studies in Ancient Medicine 21. Brill, Leiden 2000.
  • With S. Kusukawa: Philip Melanchthon: Orations on Philosophy and Education. Cambridge Texts in the History of Philosophy, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge 1999.
  • ‘Die Verwundetenfürsorge in Heeren des griechischen Altertums’, Sudhoffs Archiv 82.1 (1998), 92-7.
  • ‘Getting the point; Paul of Aegina on arrow wounds’, Sudhoffs Archiv 82.2 (1998), 170-87.
  • ‘Fragments of a lost Hippocratic work in Galen’s Glossary’, Classical Quarterly 47.2 (1997), 543-47.


In press
  • ‘Paul of Aegina on venomous animals’, in: D. Banham (ed.), The Missing Link. Studies in Early Medicine. Oxford: Archaeopress.
  • ‘Galenism in the late Imperial and early Byzantine periods’, in: P.N. Singer (ed.), The Oxford Handbook to Galen, Oxford University Press.


Published translations
  • Article ‘Transhumance’, by H. Schneider (I. Greece) and M. Corbier (II. Rome), in: C. F. Salazar et al. (eds), Brill’s New Pauly. Encyclopaedia of the Ancient World, vol. 15. Brill, Leiden/Boston 2010, 1044-50 (from German and French respectively).
  • J. A. López Férez, ‘Some remarks by Galen about the teaching and studying of medicine’, in: H. F. J. Horstmanshoff (ed.), Hippocrates and Medical Education. Selected Papers Presented at the XIIth International Hippocrates Colloquium, Universiteit Leiden, 24-26 August 2005. Studies in Ancient Medicine 35. Brill, Leiden/Boston 2010 (from Spanish).
  • V. Boudon-Millot, ‘Art, science and conjecture, from Hippocrates to Plato and Aristotle’, in: P. J. van der Eijk (ed.), Hippocrates in Context. Papers read at the XIth International Hippocrates Colloquium, University of Newcastle upon Tyne, 27-31 August 2002. Studies in Ancient Medicine 31. Brill, Leiden/Boston 2005, 87-99 (from French).
  • J. Jouanna, ‘Cause and crisis in historians and medical writers of the classical period’, in: P. J. van der Eijk (ed.), Hippocrates in Context. Papers read at the XIth International Hippocrates Colloquium, University of Newcastle upon Tyne, 27-31 August 2002. Studies in Ancient Medicine 31. Brill, Leiden/Boston 2005, 3-27 (from French).
  • G. Sabbah, ‘Ammianus Marcellinus’ (= Ch. II), in: G. Marasco (ed.), Greek and Roman Historiography in Late Antiquity. Fourth to Sixth Centuries AD. Brill, Leiden/Boston 2003, 43-84 (from French).
  • O. Höffe, Aristotle. State University of New York Press, Albany 2003 (from German).
  • M. Vegetti, ‘Tradition and truth. Forms of philosophical-scientific historiography in Galen’s De placitis, in: P. J. van der Eijk (ed.), Ancient Histories of Medicine. Studies in Ancient Medicine 20. Brill, Leiden/Boston/Cologne 1999, 333-57 (from Italian).
  • M. Dinges, ‘Health care and poor relief in Counter-Reformation Catholic Germany’, in: O. P. Grell, A. R. Cunningham (eds), Health Care and Poor Relief in Counter-Reformation Europe. Routledge, London/New York 1999, 240-79 (from German).
  • I. M. R. Mendes Drumond Braga, ‘Poor relief in Counter-Reformation Portugal: the case of the Misericórdias’, in: O. P. Grell, A. R. Cunningham (eds), Health Care and Poor Relief in Counter-Reformation Europe. Routledge, London/New York 1999, 201-14 (from Portuguese).
  • D. v. Engelhardt, ‘Historical consciousness and the German Romantic Naturforschung’, in: A. Cunningham, N. Jardine (eds), Romanticism and the Sciences. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge 1990 (from German).


Papers and lectures
  • (with Philip J. van der Eijk) ‘Aetius of Amida’s abbreviations of his Galenic sources’. Colloque international EPITOME. Abréger les textes antiques. Université Lyon 2, Lyon, 3-5 May 2017.
  • ‘Paul of Aegina on the properties of fruit and vegetables; tradition and creativity’. Leeds International Medieval Congress. Leeds, 5 July 2016.
  • ‘Paul of Aegina on fruit and vegetables’. Workshop Early Byzantine Encyclopaedias on Medicine: Problems and Perspectives. HU Berlin, 27 May 2016.
  • ‘Treating the commander – and everyone else; rank and survival’, International conference Soldiers and Surgeons – Medizin und Militär, organised by Rupert Breitwieser (University of Salzburg), Hainburg, Austria, 18 September 2015
  • ‘Aetius of Amida on the use of earths and minerals – reception and transformation’, CHAM International Conference, Knowledge Transfer and Cultural Exchanges, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, 18 July 2015
  • ‘Keeping fit in Late Antiquity; the chapters about exercise in Oribasius’ book III’, Workshop Transferprozesse propositionalen und nicht-propositionalen Wissens in der Antike. Theorie – Übung - Praxis, organised by project C02 (Prof. A.-B. Renger), SFB 980, Freie Universität Berlin, 18 June 2015
  • ‘The Commentary on Hippocrates’ Prognosticon’, Conference Interpreting Galen, organised by P. J. van der Eijk, University of Exeter, 13 November 2014
  • (with M. Martelli:) ‘Galen and Aetius. Re-Organising Knowledge’, BabMed Seminar, organised by Mark Geller, Freie Universität Berlin, 26 June 2014
  • ‘Galen’s Commentary on Prognosticon’, Workshop Hippocrates’ Prognosticon and its Tradition, Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften, 30 October 2013
  • June 2009: ‘Die Instrumente des Paulos von Aigina’ (Arbeitskreis Alte Medizin, University of Mainz)
  • May 2009: ‘Körperliche Übungen und ihr medizinischer Wert bei Oreibasios’ (Rheinischer Kreis der Medizinhistoriker, Annual Meeting 2009, University of Leiden).
  • March 2008: ‘Paul of Aegina on Venomous Animals’ (Workshop ‘The „Missing Link“: Medicine in Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages, Cambridge).
  • June 2007: ‘Kausalität und Behandlung von Kopfschmerzen und Migräne bei Paulos von Aigina’ (Arbeitskreis Alte Medizin, University of Mainz).
  • February 2005: : ‘Paul of Aegina on Sleep and Sleeplessness’ (Medical Texts in Translation Series, Wellcome Trust Centre for the History of Medicine at UCL, London).
  • December 2004: ‘Die Versorgung von Kriegsverwundeten in der griechisch-römischen Antike’ (Institut für Medizingeschichte, University of Vienna).
  • May 2003: ‘The treatment of casualties in Greek and Roman armies’ (History of Medicine and Health Research Seminar, Centre for the History of Medicine, University of Birmingham).