The panel seeks to bring together scholars to explore the transfer of Graeco-Roman medical knowledge in different cultural contexts from a synchronic and diachronic perspective. The papers will address literary, social and institutional manifestations of cultural exchange in this field of science.
The research project about "The Transfer of Medical Episteme in the 'Encyclopaedic' Compilations of Late Antiquity" (Prof. Philip J. van der Eijk and Prof. Markham J. Geller) contributes to CHAM Congress with a pre-organized panel on medical practices and theories from Late Antiquity to Early Modern Times. The project is run within the framework of the Collaborative Research Center (SFB 980) "Episteme in Motion", at the Freie Universität in Berlin. (http://www.sfb-episteme.de/en/teilprojekte/sagen/A03/index.html) The topic of the panel is concerned with medical discourse(s) in different traditions. We aim to explore the forms in which medical knowledge was developed, canonized, transformed and exchanged within different cultural milieux throughout the Late Antique and Early Medieval Mediterranean world. Specific attention will be devoted to the following topics: 1) Reception and canonization of Greek Classical Medicine in the Byzantine medical encyclopedias (Oribasius, Aetius of Amida, Paul of Aegina). 2) Jewish medical practice and theory as embedded both in the Talmudic tradition and in more recent technical treatises. 3) Medical discourses in the surrounding areas, with specific attention to the reception of Greek medicine in the Syriac and Arabic tradition. The diachronic structure of the panel will help to contextualize the broad array of processes of transmission, transfer, rejection, modification and invention of medical knowledge. The format of the panel will combine pre-organised sessions with solicited papers by invited speakers and at least one open session to which interested scholars can apply with a paper proposal.