Medicine and Health in Antiquity|
Spring 2012 not offered
HIST 282, SISP 225|
|Certificates: Environmental Studies|
|Course Cluster: Christianity Studies|
What does the Hippocratic Oath reveal about the ethics of ancient medical practitioners? What were the tensions between religious and "rational" models of disease and healing in Greece and Rome? How was the female body interpreted by male medical writers? In this course, students will investigate ancient approaches to illness and health, focusing on sources such as Homer, Hesiod, the Hippocratic writers, Herophilus, Pliny, Celsus, the New Testament, Soranus, and Galen. Moving from archaic and classical Greece to Hellenistic Alexandria to imperial Rome and late-antique Egypt, we will trace the development, organization, and influence of ancient medical thought and practice.
||Gen Ed Area Dept:
|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CCIV)(CLAS)(ENVS)(SISP)(SISP-ScieDblMjr)
Betz, H.D. THE GREEK MAGICAL PAPYRI IN TRANSLATION.
Edelstein, E. and Edelstein, L. ASCLEPIUS: A COLLECTION AND INTERPRETATION OF THE TESTIMONIES.
Lloyd, G.E.R., trans. THE HIPPOCRATIC WRITINGS.
Singer, P.N., trans. GALEN: SELECTED WORKS.
Temkin, O., trans. SORANUS' GYNECOLOGY.
Additional readings will be made available on Blackboard or in a coursepack.
|Examination and Assignments: |
Several 1-page reading response papers, two papers with revisions, take-home final examination
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
Participation in class discussion is a crucial component of the course.