Drugs in the Medieval World (ca. 1050 – ca. 1400)

December 7-8, 2018, King's College London, UK

Sponsored by the Wellcome Trust and supported by the Centre for Late Antique and Medieval Studies (CLAMS) at King’s.

Friday, 7 December: Council Room (K2.29)

09:30-09:45: Registration

09:45Opening Remarks: Dionysios Stathakopoulos

09:50Introduction: Petros Bouras-Vallianatos

10:00-12:40: Session I, Chair: Dionysios Stathakopoulos (King’s College London)

Eliza Glaze (Coastal Carolina University): The Confluence of Latin, Byzantine, and Arabic Pharmacy: Southern Italy c. 1050-1150 CE

Arsenio Ferraces-Rodríguez (Universidade da Coruña): The Epistula de vulturein Two 12th-Century Manuscripts: Magic, Medicine and Ideology

Jeffrey Doolittle (Fordham University): ‘Efficassimum est Alexandrinum’: Drugs and Efficacy in Early Medieval Latin Pharmacology

Thanasis Rinotas (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven): Drawing Lines of Connection between the Medicinal Properties of Stones and Philosophy in the Work of Albertus Magnus

12:40-13:40: Lunch

13:40-15:40Session II, Chair: Barbara Zipser (Royal Holloway, University of London)

Kathleen Walker-Meikle (King’s College London): Ibn Bakhtīshū’s On the Usefulness of Animalsin the Latin Traditio

Ronit Yoeli-Tlalim (Goldsmiths, University of London): Myrobalans: The Making of a Eurasian Panacea

Leigh Chipman (Hebrew University of Jerusalem): Digestive Syrups and After Dinner Drinks – Food or Medicine?

15:40-16:00: Coffee/Tea

16:00-18:40Session III, Chair: Richard Greenfield (Queen’s University, Kingston)

Efraim Lev (University of Haifa): The Alternative Uses of the Medieval Medicinal Substances that were Brought by the Arabs from the East

Fabian Käs (Universität zu Köln): Ibn al-Tilmīdh’s Book on Simple Drugs. A Christian Physician from Baghdad on the Arabic, Greek, Syriac, and Persian Nomenclature of Plants and Minerals

Ayman Atat (Technische Universität Braunschweig): The Transmission of Pharmaceutical Knowledge through Ibn Al-Bayṭār (13th Century)

Phillip I. Lieberman (Vanderbilt University): Remedies or Superstitions: Maimonides on Mishna Shabbat 6:10

Saturday, 8 December: Council Room (K2.29)

10:00-12:40:Session IV, Chair: Petros Bouras-Vallianatos (King’s College London)

Grigory Kessel (Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften & University of Manchester): Materia Medica in One Unedited Syriac Medical Manual

Sivan Gottlieb (Hebrew University of Jerusalem): “et probatum est” – A Hebrew Herbarium between Text and Illustration

Heinrich Evanzin (Paris-Lodron-Universität Salzburg): The Use of Heliotherapy Against Skin Diseases in Medieval Armenia – A Case Study on Ptychotis verticillata 

Michael Stanley-Baker (Nanyang Technological University, Singapore): Tracking Materia Medica Across Time, Space, Genre, and Language

12:40-13:40: Lunch

13:40-16:10Session V, Chair: William Maclehose (University College London)

Matteo Martelli (Università di Bologna): Mineral Drugs in Byzantine and Syriac Recipe-Books on Alchemy

Petros Bouras-Vallianatos (King’s College London): Pharmacological Knowledge Among Greek-Speaking Physicians in Twelfth-Century Southern Italy and Sicily

Richard Greenfield (Queen’s University, Kingston): Making Magic Happen: Understanding ‘Drugs’ in Later Byzantine Sorcery

Maria Mavroudi (University of California, Berkeley): Byzantine Greek Medical Glossaries of Arabic, Persian, and Turkish Terms

16:10-16:30: Coffee/Tea

16:30-17:00: Concluding Remarks: Peregrine Horden (Royal Holloway, University of London)

Organised by Dr Petros Bouras-Vallianatos and Dr Dionysios Stathakopoulos

To register, please email Petros Bouras-Vallianatos (petros.bouras-vallianatos@kcl.ac.uk) by Sunday 2 December along with any dietary requests.

For more information, click here.

Posted: November 20, 2018