Out in September 2018: Caroline Petit’s book, Galien de Pergame ou la rhétorique de la Providence: Médecine, littérature et pouvoir à Rome is the first comprehensive study of the role of rhetoric in Galen’s œuvre. Physician to several Roman emperors and author of the most impressive body of works in antiquity up to AD 350, Galen created a compelling figure of authority through his medical and philosophical works. The book analyses the range of Galen’s rhetorical mastery through five chapters, studying in turn Galen and the Hellenic tradition, Galen’s demonstrative and refutative tactics, the role of enargeia in Galen’s descriptions and narratives, his ‘hymn’ to Nature in his main anatomical work, De usu partium, and finally autobiography and self-portrait in his œuvre.
Coin of the Month: Fulvia, the power behind the lion?
Masters student Jacqui Butler explores the role Fulvia played at the end of the Republic by discussing her representation on a coin series struck in Gaul. Read it here.
New Publication from Doctoral Student Charlotte Mann
An article arising from Charlotte's Masters thesis has now been published: 'The significance of the military representationof Caracalla upon the coinage of his sole reign (212-217 CE)', Journal of the Numismatic Association of Australia vol 28 (2017): 54-65.
Humanities Research Centre Success!
Congratulations to our doctoral students Paloma Perez Galvin and Alessandra Tafaro for their success in the Humanities Research Fund Doctoral Fellowship competition. They will host a conference next year on 'Fleshing out Words: Poetry on Objects, from the Classical Epigram to the Modern Insta-Poets'.
Winds and Antigone's Madness
This month on the Classical Texting Blog, Bianca Mazzinghi Gori discusses the significance of wind in Sophocles' Antigone in 'Winds and Antigone's Madness'.