Call For Papers of the Conference in Classics & Ancient History.

PANEL 5. Ancient Greek Medicine in the European Context

Panel Convenors

Mónica Durán Mañas (University of Granada) []

Inmaculada Rodríguez Moreno (University of Cádiz) []

DEADLINE: 30/09/2020

CONGRESS DATE: 22-23-24-25/06/2021

LOCATION: Faculty of Arts and Humanities, University of Coimbra (Coimbra, Portugal)

Topics of interest include the following –they are not limited to–: presence of ancient Greek medicine in European Literature; survival of Greek medical terms; ancient Greek medicine in rhetorical contexts; use of medical vocabulary as a literary motif, topos, and exempla; linguistic and stylistic features of texts; evolution of medical literature from ancient Greek treatises, attitudes towards ancient Greek medicine among humanists; reception of ancient Greek medicine; mythology and medicine; connections between medicine, religion and magic in the European context; medicine and Arts; philosophical and medical concepts and ideas; attitudes towards Ancient Greek medicine and its cultural heritage in modern medicine; medical tendencies from ancient Greek medicine; influences of the galenic legacy in the European medicine, literature and philosophy; study of the greco-roman terms in the actual medicine, etc.

To submit a proposal you must send an email to

Abstracts and a short biography should contain a maximum of 250 words each.

Languages accepted: English, French, Portuguese, Spanish and Italian.

Duration of the paper: 40min.

Abstracts should have:

– Title of communication

– E-mail

– University

– Abstracts (max 250 words)

– Keywords (5 to 10 words)

Further information:

INTERNATIONAL WORKSHOP MOTHERBREAST PROGRAMME Lactating Breasts: Motherhood and Breastfeeding in Antiquity and Byzantium (4th c. BCE-7th c. CE)

Thursday 8 & Friday 9 October 2020

Department of Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies, University of Cyprus

Old Campus, Kallipoleos 75, Nicosia, Room A106

Online Presentations via ZOOM



THURSDAY, 8 October | 8 Οκτωβρίου



Stavroula Constantinou / Σταυρούλα Κωνσταντίνου



The Early Byzantine Galaktotrophousa in Egypt

Elizabeth Bolman

16.30-17.00 Discussion / Συζήτηση


Milk and Blood: The Association of the Virgin Lactans with the Passion

Niki Tsironi / Νίκη Τσιρώνη

17.30-18.00 Discussion / Συζήτηση

18.00-18.15 Break / Διάλειμμα



Lactation Cessation in the Early Byzantine Period

Laurence Totelin

18.45-19.15 Discussion / Συζήτηση

FRIDAY, 9 October | ΠΑΡΑΣΚΕΥΗ, 9 Οκτωβρίου



Reading milk ‘mochtheron’ in Ancient and Early Byzantine Medical Treatises

Stavroula Constantinou / Σταυρούλα Κωνσταντίνου

Aspasia Skouroumouni Stavrinou / Ασπασία Σκουρουμούνη Σταυρινού

10.30-11.00 Discussion / Συζήτηση

Coffee Break / Διάλειμμα για Καφέ


The Role of Milk in Early Byzantine Medical Literature

Petros Bouras-Vallianatos / Πέτρος Μπούρας-Βαλλιανάτος

12.00-12.30 Discussion / Συζήτηση

Lunch Break / Διάλειμμα για Γεύμα



Premodern Mothering: The Socio-ideological Position of the Lactating Woman in Antiquity and Early Byzantium

Stavroula Constantinou / Σταυρούλα Κωνσταντίνου

Aspasia Skouroumouni Stavrinou / Ασπασία Σκουρουμούνη Σταυρινού

15.00-15.30 Discussion / Συζήτηση

Coffee Break / Διάλειμμα για Καφέ


The Breast as Locus for Punishment

Dionysios Stathakopoulos / Διονύσιος Σταθακόπουλος

16.30-17.00 Discussion / Συζήτηση


Images of Breastfeeding in Late Antique Art: Form – Context – Function

Maria Parani / Μαρία Παρανή

17.30-18.00 Discussion / Συζήτηση



19.00 Dinner / Δείπνο

For further details and the List of Abstractsplease visit the MotherBreast Website at: 

Ancient Medicine and Technology online Seminar Series 2020-2021

The Ancient Medicine and Technology online Seminar Series for the academic year 2020-2021, hosted by the University of Exeter.

You can now register for the first four talks by visiting our webpage at:


29 September 2020, 16:00 p.m. (UK time)
Theodosis P. Tasios (Academy of Athens): Introduction to ancient Greek automata. Respondent: Tatiana Bur (University of Cambridge)

26 October 2020, 16:00 p.m. (UK time)
Sophia Connell (Birkbeck, University of London): Aristotelian science and Hippocratic gynaecology. Respondent: Elisa Groff (University of Exeter)

27 November 2020, 16:00 p.m. (UK time)
Marco Vespa (University of Fribourg): Archytas’ dove in context: An investigation of the non-human agency between paradoxography, encyclopedism, and mechanics in the ancient world. Respondent: Isabel Ruffell (University of Glasgow)

17 December 2020, 16:00 p.m. (UK time)
Christian Laes (University of Manchester): Technology and Disability. Respondent: Jane Draycott (University of Glasgow)

28 January 2021, 17:00 p.m. (UK time)
Emanuela Bianchi (New York University): Genos between phusis and technê. Respondent: Gabriele Galluzzo (University of Exeter)

25 February 2021, 16:00 p.m. (UK time)
Matteo Martelli (University of Bologna): Mercury in late antique and medical sources: practice and theory. Respondent: David Leith (University of Exeter)

22 March 2021, 16:00 p.m. (UK time)
Véronique Dasen (University of Fribourg): Ancient cabinet of curiosities. Respondent: Dunstan Lowe (University of Kent)

15 April 2021, 16:00 p.m. (UK time)
Demetres Michaelides (University of Cyprus): Medicine in ancient Cyprus: the archaeological evidence. Respondent: Daniel King (University of Exeter)

3 May 2021, 17:00 p.m. (UK time)
Julie Laskaris (University of Richmond): Copper and human health in the Chalcolithic, the classical, and the age of COVID. Respondent: Colin Webster (UC Davis)

25 May 2021, 17:00 p.m. (UK time)
Lauren Caldwell (UMass Amherst): The Roman physician and the knowledge of the patient. Respondent: Chiara Blanco (University of Oxford)

24 June 2021, 16:00 p.m. (UK time)
Divna Manolova (The University of York): Navigating between abstraction and observation: using astrolabes, globes and mirrors in the medieval Mediterranean. Respondent: Karen ní Mheallaigh (Johns Hopkins University)

5 July 2021, 16:00 p.m. (UK time)
John Wilkins (University of Exeter): Nutrition in ancient medicine. Respondent: Laurence Totelin (Cardiff University)

The Organizers,

Maria Gerolemou (University of Exeter), George Kazantzidis (University of Patras)

Call for papers – Dossier “Language, Nature, and Happiness In Antiquity” (EN/ES/PT)

Language, nature, and happiness are three of the most recurrent topics of discussion and debate in Classical Studies. Besides this, due to the large scope of these issues, discussions about language, for example, tend to deal with subjects as logics, epistemology, grammar, rhetoric, and poetry. On the other hand, investigations about nature may include metaphysics, medicine, the elements, and cosmology. Finally, queries about happiness ponder over living well, politics, conventions, laws, habits, and so on. This way, considering the relevance of these themes, as well their perennity, Rónai – Revista de Estudos Clássicos e Tradutórios invites researchers to submit manuscripts to the dossier “Language, nature, and happiness in Antiquity”, which will be published alongside the second number of this journal in 2020.


Manuscripts should be submitted until 16th September 2020 in the following address:


Dossiers’ Editors: Carol Martins da Rocha (UFJF) e Rodrigo Pinto de Brito (Guest editor, UFRRJ)

Conference on ‘Body and Medicine in Latin Poetry’, online on the 17th and 18th September 2020.

The ongoing epidemic crisis brought forth by the spread of Covid-19 compels us to rethink the concepts of body and disease in light of  their effect on human nature, as well as seek new methods to cope with the sense of anxiety and vulnerability generated by such pandemic diseases. 

This conference will navigate the relationship between Medical Science and Humanities in Antiquity, with papers exploring how medicine can be integrated into poetry and how poetry, in turn, can propagate medical knowledge across various social classes and cultural contexts. Further to that, the conference will explore the extent to which such a relationship reflects our individual concerns about the validity and consistence of medicine as a science of the Human.

This conference builds on the recent developments in the field of Medical Humanities, thereby showing how medical knowledge is incorporated within Latin poetry and how it responds to our contemporary understanding of medical sciences. While intersections between Greek literature and medicine have become a focal point of considerable recent research among Classicists (e.g. Holmes 2010, Jouanna 2012), little has been done with Latin literature. By drawing on these interdisciplinary studies, this two-day conference aims at tackling innovatively the intersections between medical sciences and Latin poetry.

Confirmed speakers include:

Thorsten Fögen (Durham University)

Hunter Gardner (University of South Carolina)

George Kazantzidis (University of Patras)

Chiara Thumiger (University of Kiel)

Laurence Totelin (Cardiff University)

James Uden (Boston University)

Ioannis Ziogas (Durham University)

The conference will represent the first step towards the creation of a network of scholars working on the intersections between ancient medicine, human body and Latin poetry.

For further information see our website: or contact us at:

Link to the programme:

Link to registration: 


Chiara Blanco (Trinity College, Oxford)

Allegra Hahn (Durham)

Simona Martorana (Durham)

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