Monday, July 22, 2024

Greek and Roman Medicine at the British Museum: The Instruments and Accoutrements of Ancient Medicine

Jackson, Ralph

Greek and Roman Medicine at the British Museum is an authoritative and up-to-date study of Greek and Roman medicine and surgery. This book is the first full, and fully illustrated, publication of the Museum’s important collection. 

Strategies for the preservation of health and for the prevention and treatment of illness and disease have been discerned in the surviving written records and materials remains of most societies since earliest times. Compared to the prehistoric past, the evidence for the ancient Greek and Roman periods is comparatively full, though still sparse or lacking in some key areas. Most accounts of the history of Greek and Roman medicine are based on ancient medical texts. As a study of the subject through its material remains, this book will be a unique and major contribution to the understanding of ancient medical implements and surgical instruments, of surgery, and of the history of medicine.

In addition to medical instruments, the British Museum collection also includes an important range of objects which help to illustrate the multi-faceted approach to healing in antiquity. They include one of the largest holdings of collyrium-stamps – small, inscribed stone tablets which were used to mark sticks of eye medicine; Greek inscriptions honouring public physicians; stone statues, bronze figurines and engraved gemstones depicting the principal healer deities; and marble and terracotta models of body parts (‘anatomical votives’) dedicated to the healer deities by those seeking divine cures. Together with the instrumentation, the publication will show how they encompass most aspects of ancient medicine and represent starting points from which to develop discussions of strategies for health and healing.


Biographie und Bildungskultur: Personendarstellungen bei Plinius dem Jüngeren, Gellius und Sueton

Dennis Pausch
book: Biographie und Bildungskultur

 What role did biographies play for the intelligentsia of the 2nd century AD? What literary forms were used by contemporary authors in their personal portrayals? These two questions have led to this cross-genre investigation of the personal portraits in the letters of Pliny the Younger, in the miscellaneous work of Gellius, and in the Lives of the Caesars by Suetonius. Among the common features which can thus be observed are the normative potential of historical figures, the commemoration of contemporaries, and the interaction with communicative conditions of the Roman Empire. Such a functional and historical perspective further demonstrates that many of the characteristics of the featured authors, which to date have been seen as deviations from the genre tradition, are, in actuality, conscious developments, closely related to the authors' common social and cultural background.

  • Published: May 18, 2012
  • ISBN: 9783110919844
  • Published: October 25, 2004
  • ISBN: 9783110182477


Open Access Journal: De Rebus Antiquis

[First posted in AWOL 20 December 2011. Updated 22 June 2024)

De Rebus Antiquis
ISSN 2250-4923
DE REBUS ANTIQUIS es la publicación electrónica del Programa de Estudios Históricos Grecorromanos (PEHG) del Departamento de Historia de la Facultad de Ciencias Sociales de la Universidad Católica Argentina.
Esta revista ha nacido con el objeto de dar marco institucional para la publicación de todas aquellas investigaciones de especialistas en esta área del conocimiento y gestar así un ámbito de debate en las temáticas y líneas de investigación más novedosas del tema que nos convoca.

Núm. 10 (2021)

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Open Access Journal: Emerita. Revista de linguistica y folología clasica

[Originally posted November 2, 2009.  Updated 22 July, 2024]

Emerita. Revista de linguistica y folología clasica
eISSN: 1988-8384
ISSN: 0013-6662
Fundada en 1933 por D. Ramón Menéndez Pidal, EMERITA publica artículos, notas, informaciones y reseñas, rigurosamente originales, de Filología clásica, Lingüística griega, latina, indoeuropea e ibérica, y de Historia antigua. 
EMERITA es, desde su fundación, una de las revistas científicas de alto nivel más valoradas en su campo.
EMERITA facilita el acceso sin restricciones a todo su contenido seis meses después de su publicación. Durante este periodo de embargo, el acceso al texto completo de los artículos está reservado a los suscriptores de la edición impresa.
Founded in 1933 by D. Ramón Menéndez Pidal, EMERITA publishes original articles and notes, news and book reviews concerning Classical Philology, Greek, Latin, Indoeuropean and Iberian Linguistics and Ancient History.

EMERITA is, since its foundation, one of the best known and valued high level scientific Journals in its field.

In addition, the journal publishes monographs concerning the aforementioned subjects in the series Manuales y Anejos de Emerita (see the titles in eBook format).

Emerita provides unrestricted, access to full text contents of this online edition immediately after publication.

Vol. 91 Núm. 2 (2023)

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    Luis M. Macía Aparicio, Consuelo Ruiz-Montero, Álvaro Cancela Cilleruelo, Mikel Labiano, Alberto Bernabé, Alba Boscà Cuquerella, José Manuel García Valverde, Celia Sánchez Natalías


Sunday, July 21, 2024

Paul and the Philosophers’ Faith: Discourses of Pistis in the Graeco-Roman World

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Ancient Philosophy & Religion, Volume: 12
The notion of faith experienced a remarkable surge in popularity among early Christians, with Paul as its pioneer. Yet what was the wider cultural significance of the pistis word group? This comprehensive work contextualizes Paul’s faith language within Graeco-Roman cultural discourses, highlighting its semantic multifariousness and philosophical potential. Based on an innovative combination of cognitive linguistics and discourse analysis, it explores ‘faith’ within social, political, religious, ethical, and cognitive contexts. While challenging modern individualist and irrational conceptualizations, this book shows how Paul uses pistis to creatively configure philosophical narratives of his age and propose Christ as its ultimate embodiment. See Less