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

Project description

At the moment I am in fact working on two projects, and trying to do some work on a third one as well. I am continuing my work on the ’Towards a Galen in English’ project, which consists in a translation (the first one into a modern language) of Galen’s Commentary on the Prognostikon from the Hippocratic Corpus (or by Hippocrates, according to Galen), accompanied by notes and a detailed introduction. Various aspects make the text fascinating: Not only does it provide a wealth of information about medical theories and practice, with many references to further Hippocratic, Galenic and other texts, but there are also Galen’s linguistic explanations, hints about his teaching, or comments about manuscripts.

At the same time I am also working on a very similar project for the  SFB, except that in this case the text is book 2 of Aetius of Amida – or rather, at this point it is book 2, but the aim is to translate, between us, the whole of Aetius. (A fairly ambitious aim, given that there is as yet no standard edition for books 9-16, and even the CMG edition for books 1-8 could do with some improvements.) In the case of Aetius, chronologically the second of the great late antique/early Byzantine encyclopaedists, the interest lies not only in the content of the work, but also in the way in which he uses his sources. Even when copying more or less verbatim from Galen, he picks and chooses, combining different sections of the original, and at other times he paraphrases or uses authors whose works are otherwise lost.

Along with those two projects, I am also trying to continue working on the sourcebook of early Byzantine medicine, for which I had received the grant from the OENB and have a contract with Bloomsbury (originally Duckworth). This is to be a selection of texts in translation with explanatory notes, as an introduction to early Byzantine medicine for those without Greek. I am hoping to finish and publish the book during my time in Berlin.