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

Dr. Peter Singer


Department of History, Classics and Archaeology
Birkbeck, University of London

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Publications within the project


  • (with contributions from Vivian Nutton, Daniel Davies, Piero Tassinari), Galen: Psychological Writings, Cambridge University Press (Cambridge Galen Translations), 2013, xvii + 539 pp.
  • (together with Philip van der Eijk; with the assistance of Piero Tassinari),  Galen: Works on Human Nature, Volume One: Mixtures (De temperamentis), Cambridge University Press (Cambridge Galen Translations), 2018, xviii + 269 pp.

Volumes edited

  • (ed. together with Chiara Thumiger), Mental Illness in Ancient Medicine from Celsus to Paul of Aegina, Leiden: Brill (Studies in Ancient Medicine vol. 50), 2018, 440 pp. [Singer’s contribution: Co-editing the volume, co-authoring the Introduction (pp. 1–34), writing the chapter ‘Galen’s pathological soul: Diagnosis and therapy in ethical and medical texts and contexts’ (pp. 381–420)].


  • ‘Classification, explanation and experience: mental disorder in Graeco-Roman antiquity’, in U. Steinert (ed.) Systems of Classification in Premodern Medical Cultures: Sickness, Health, and Local Epistemologies, Medicine and the Body in Antiquity, Routledge, 2020, pp. 279–306
  • ‘Galen on pneuma: Between metaphysical speculation and anatomical theory’, in: S. Coughlin, D. Leith, O. Lewis (eds.), The Conecpt of Pneuma after Aristotle, Berlin 2020, pp. 237–282
  • ‘Is Graeco-Roman medicine holistic? Galen and ancient medical-philosophical debates’, in: C. Thumiger, (ed.) Holism in Ancient Medicine and its Reception, Leiden 2020, pp. 154–183.
  • ‘Galen and the culture of Pergamon: a view of medical-intellectual life in Roman Asia’, in: B. Türkmen, F. Kurunaz, N. Ermiş and Y. Ekıncı Danişan (eds) 2. Uluslararası Bergama Sempozyumu, 9-10 Mayıs 2013, 2019, pp. 131–160.
  • ‘The mockery of madness: laughter at and with madness in Attic Tragedy and Old Comedy’, Illinois Classical Studies (special issue, Morbid Laughter: Exploring the Comic Dimensions of Disease in Classical Antiquity ed. G. Kazantzidis and N. Tsoumpra), 43:2 (2018), pp. 298–325
  • Peter N. Singer, ‘A new distress: Galen’s ethics in Peri alupias and beyond’, in: C.L. Petit (ed.), Galen’s Treatise Peri Alupias in Context, Leiden: Brill, 2018, pp. 180–198
  • Peter N. Singer, ‘New light and old texts: Galen on his own books, in: C.L. Petit (ed.), Galen’s Treatise Peri Alupias in Context, Leiden: Brill, 2018, pp. 91–134
  • ‘Note on Ms. Vlatadon 14: A summary of the main findings’, in: C.L. Petit (ed.), Galen’s Treatise Peri Alupias in Context, Leiden: Brill, 2018, pp. 10–39.
  • ‘The essence of rage: Galen on emotional disturbances and their physical correlates’, in: R. Seaford, J. Wilkins, M. Wright and C.J. Gill (eds), Selfhood and the Soul: Essays on Ancient Thought and Literature in Honour of Christopher Gill, Oxford University Press, 2017, pp. 161–196.
  • ‘Galen’, Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy 2016.
  • ‘The fight for health: tradition, competition, subdivision and philosophy in Galen’s hygienic writings’, British Journal for the History of Philosophy 22:5 (Special Issue, ed. A. Marmodoro: Causing Health and Disease: medical powers in classical and late antiquity), 2014, pp. 974–995.
  • ‘Galen and the philosophers: philosophical engagement, shadowy contemporaries, Aristotelian transformations’, in: P. Adamson, R. Hansberger and J. Wilberding (eds) Philosophical Themes in Galen, Bulletin of the Institute of Classical Studies Supplement, London, 2014, pp. 7–38.

In preparation (invited or under contract)

  • ‘A change in the substance: theory and its limits in Galen’s Simples’, in M. Martelli, C. Petit and L. Raggetti (eds.) Rethinking Ancient Pharmacology: The Textual Transmission and Interpretation of Galen's Treatise On Simple Drugs, Archives Internationales d' Histoire des Sciences, Turnhout.
  • ‘The relationship between perceptual experience and logos: Galen's clinical perspective’, in. R. J. Hankinson and M. Havrda (eds.) Galen's Epistemology, Cambridge.
  • 'What is a pathos? Where medicine meets philosophy’, in G. Kazantzidis and D. Spatharas (eds.) Medical Understandings of Emotions, Ancient Emotions Series.
  • 'Galen', in Oxford Classical Dictionary (online).
  • 'Behind and beyond the commentary: Galen on Hippocrates on the elements', in P. Pormann (ed.) Proceedings of the XVth International Hippocratic Colloquium.
  • 'Graeco-Roman Emotion Therapy: Medical Techniques, Biological Understandings', in C. Virág and D. Cairns (eds.) Emotions in Ancient Greece and Early China.