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New book on Galen's Treatise On Simple Drugs

A special issue of Archives Internationales d'Histoire des Sciences on the interpretation and transmission of Galen's treatise On simple drugs. Guest editors: Caroline Petit (Warwick), Matteo Martelli (Bologna), Lucia Raggetti (Bologna).

The volume explores the fate of Greek text across time, languages and cultures. It arises from a BA-Leverhulme-funded project, 'Rethinking Ancient Pharmacology' and a conference at the BSR in 2017.


New publication (open access): Galen's Treatise περὶ ἀλυπίας (De indolentia) in Context: A tale of resilience

Galen's Treatise περὶ ἀλυπίας (De indolentia) in Context: A tale of resilience, edited by Dr. Caroline Petit, Brill, 2019

In 193 AD, Galen of Pergamum, physician to the emperors, discloses crucial information in a letter to an unnamed friend. This long-lost text was rediscovered in 2005 by a then PhD student, and has since generated more literature than any other Galen text. In the wake of Vivian Nutton's authoritative translation (2013), this collection of essays addresses some of the many facets of the text, shedding new light on Galen, Rome, and the reign of Commodus.

Arising from a Wellcome-funded conference, the book is open access, courtesy of Brill and the Wellcome Trust.


Classical Texting- Divine Humour and Disability: The Curious Case of Iliad Book One

Read Annie Sharples' take on Iliad Book One and its ramifications toward ancient attitudes to disability here.


International workshop at the BSR. Rethinking Ancient Pharmacology: the transmission and interpretation of Galen's treatise On simple drugs

An international workshop at the BSR about Galen's treatise On simple drugs, its textual transmission and interpretation throughout the ages.

22 September, British School in Rome.

Organised by Dr. Caroline Petit, Dr. Matteo Martelli & Dr. Lucia Raggetti.