Conférence Pierre Mbid Diouf: « Pratiques médicales dans le monde gréco-romain… »

Dans le cadre de ses activités, le laboratoire de recherche DECRYPTA de l’École doctorale ARCIV vous invite à la conférence qu’il organise le samedi 10 juin 2017 à 09h à la salle 57  sur le thème intitulé :

« Pratiques médicales dans le monde gréco-romain : exemples des traitements des fractures et luxations, des calculs rénaux, des ophtalmies et de la goutte »


Intervenant : M. Pierre Mbid Hamoudi DIOUF, Enseignant-chercheur au Département de Langues et Civilisations anciennes, FLSH/ UCAD (

Medicine and Mechanics in Antiquity: Towards an Early History of Iatromechanics

We are pleased to announce a one-day workshop on « Medicine and Mechanics in Antiquity: Towards an Early History of Iatromechanics », which will take place at the University of Cyprus (Nicosia) on the 1st of December 2017. The workshop has no registration fee, but, if you wish to attend, please contact jointly the organizers, Maria Gerolemou ( and George Kazantzidis ( A detailed programme will be circulated in due time.

Speakers include:

Marquis Berrey (Iowa)
Sean Coughlin (Humboldt)
Jane Draycott (Glasgow)
Maria Gerolemou (University of Cyrpus)
George Kazantzidis (Patras)
Orly Lewis (Hebrew University of Jerusalem)
Kirsi Lorentz (The Cyprus Institute)
Alexia Petsalis-Diomidis (Oxford)
Courtney Roby (Cornell)
Ian Ruffell (Glasgow)
Matteo Valleriani (Max Planck Institute)

The aim of this workshop is to explore the dialogue between the sciences of medicine and mechanics in classical antiquity. Iatromechanics (or iatrophysics) makes its appearance as a medical school of thought during the seventeenth century: by adopting mechanical principles in order to explain human physiology, its proponents advance the view that human life can be fully explained in terms of physics, and cures really only need to restore the proper functioning of the human machine by tightening or loosening or tinkering with the mechanism. Our aim is to examine the extent to which similar models of the human body can be traced in ancient medical texts (as was maintained, for the first time systematically, in the work of Friedrich Hoffmann, 1660-1742; cf. Lonie 1981), in association with the increased anatomical knowledge gained through dissection and in dialogue with scientific advancements in the field of mechanics – especially from the Hellenistic period onward. At the same time, we wish to discuss the adaptation of medical lore and discourse in mechanical texts, in contexts where engineers contrive and produce artifacts which, though extending beyond the natural world, are still conceived in analogy with the human body and its functions. By insisting on the desired life-like qualities of its technology, ancient mechanics invokes medicine in a way that essentially blurs the line between the natural and the artificial, by inviting us to view the operation of a well-crafted machine in light of the spontaneous automatisms that rule human life.

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February, 2, 2017
Organizers: César Sierra Martín (Università della Calabria) and Borja Antela-Bernárdez (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona).


9:15 Recepción

9:30-10:00  Dr. César Sierra (Università della Calabria), “Presentación. Historia y Medicina en la Antigüedad

Sesión 1

10:00-10:30 A. Martínez  (UAB), “Un jardí tancat: La virginitat femenina segons la Tanakh i el Talmud”

10:30-11:00 Dr. F. J. Gómez Espelosín  (Universidad de Alcalá), “La salud en los confines del mundo”.

11:00-11:30 Dr. B. Antela-Bernárdez, “Medicina, curación y poder”.

11:30-11:45 Debate

11:45-12:15 Pausa

Sesión 2

12:15-12:45 Dr. G. Squillace  (Università della Calabria), “Medicina in Magna Grecia: Filistione di Locri”.

12:45-13:30 Dr. A. Cristofori  (Università di Bologna), “La figura sociale del medico nell’opera di Marziale”.

13:30-13:45 Debate

13:45-15:00 Pausa

Sesión 3

15:00-15:30 Dr. A. López Férez (UNED – Madrid), “La historia y los historiadores en Galeno”.

15:30-16:00 Dr. A. Roselli  (Universitá L’Orientale di Nápoli), “Galeno a Roma. Medici e filosofi e la dietetica per le élites”.

16:00-16:30 Dr. I. Rodríguez  (Universidad de Cádiz), “Estilos y hábitos de vida higiénica según el tratados Sobre la conservación de la salud de Galeno”.

16:30-17:00  Debate y Clausura.

Pseudo-Galenic Texts and the Formation of the Galenic Corpus

An international conference at the Warburg Institute, London, 14-15 May 2015 organised by Dr. Caroline Petit, University of Warwick
The conference is supported by the Wellcome Trust, the University of Warwick, the Institute of Classical Studies and the Warburg Institute.
Draft programme:
Thursday 14 May
10.00-10.20 : Registration and welcome, tea and coffee
10.20-10.30 Welcome address (Prof. Greg Woolf, Director of the Institute of Classical Studies).
10.30-10.45 Caroline Petit (Warwick): Pseudo-Galenic texts from antiquity to the Renaissance: different patterns (an introduction)
Antiquity (chair: Simon Swain)
10.45-11.15 Vivian Nutton (UCL):  Crumbs from the rich man’s table? Three Roman pharmacological texts.
11.15-11.45 Laurence Totelin (Cardiff): Easy Remedies – Difficult texts: the pseudo-Galenic Euporista.
11.45-12.00 tea and coffee
12.00-12.30 Véronique Boudon-Millot (CNRS, Paris): Is the Theriac to Piso attributed to Galen authentic?
12.30-13.00 Nathalie Rousseau (Paris IV-Sorbonne): Remarques sur la langue de la Thériaque à Pison

Oriental tradition (chair: Charles Burnett)
14.00-14.30 Siam Bhayro (Exeter): Galen and Pseudo-Galen in the Syriac tradition
14.30-15.00 Aileen Das (Manchester): Universalizing Medicine: the ps.-Galenic Commentary On Hippocrates ‘Sevens
15.00-15.30 Mauro Zonta (Roma): About the authenticity of Galen’s Perì alypìas in Judeo-Arabic and Hebrew, compared to the recently found Greek text
15.30-16.00 Tea & coffee
Middle Ages (West) (chair: Cloudy Fischer)
16.00-16.30 Arsenio Ferraces Rodríguez (Universidad da Coruña): An early medieval pseudo-Galen: the chapter De ponderibus medicinalibus
16.30-17.00 Charles Burnett (Warburg): The Ps. Galenic De spermate in the middle ages
17.00-17.30 Outi Merisalo (Jyväskylä): La fortune du De spermate dans les éditions imprimées de Galien du XVe au XVIIe s.
17.30-18.30 Reception (all participants)
Friday 15 May
Late antiquity and Byzantium (chair: Peregrine Horden)
10.15-10.45 Klaus-Dietrich Fischer (Mainz): Drugs to declare. A fresh look at some works with pharmaceutical content attributed to Galen

10.45-11.15 Petros Bouras-Vallianatos (KCL): Pseudo-Galenic Texts on Urines and Pulse in Late Byzantium: The Case of Wellcome MS.MSL.60
11.15-11.45 Tea & coffee
11.45-12.15 Brigitte Mondrain (EPHE, Paris): Les traités pseudo-galéniques dans les manuscrits byzantins
12.15-12.45 Barbara Zipser (Royal Holloway): Pseudo-Galenic texts in Byzantine Iatrosophia
12.45-13.15 Marie Cronier (CNRS, Paris): Les Definitiones Medicae pseudo-galéniques à Byzance
Latin translations and editions (chair: Vivian Nutton)
14.15-14.45 Christina Savino (Humboldt-Universität, Berlin): The Pseudogalenic commentaries on Hippocrates edited by G.B. Rasario (1517-1578)
14.45-15.15 Mareike Jas (Munich): Nicolaus of Rhegium as an independent witness to the text of pseudo-Galen´s historia philosopha
15.15-15.45 Stefania Fortuna (Università Politecnica delle Marche, Ancona): Pseudo-Galenic texts in the printed editions of Galen