Submissions for Volume 4 of the Theoretical Roman Archaeology Journal (TRAJ)

TRAJ provides a venue for innovative and interdisciplinary research in the field of Roman archaeology. The journal promotes the use of theoretical approaches to the Roman past and facilitates fresh interpretations of all forms of archaeological material. While TRAJ invites papers on any aspect of theoretical and critical approaches to Roman archaeology, for our current volume, articles addressing but not limited to the following themes are especially welcome:

Roman archaeology in a time of global crisis

Digital approaches to pedagogy, fieldwork, and data

Health, medicine, and disease in the Roman world

TRAC at 30 – retrospect and prospect in theoretical Roman archaeology

To publish a paper in TRAJ please submit a full article (5,000 – 10,000 words) before Tuesday 1st September 2020 via our online system. If you would like to contact us about publishing your article in TRAJ please email

For more information on our publication and review process see

Écriture, réécriture ou citation : les procédés de composition des textes médicaux antiques

Colloque international à l’Université de Lausanne du 23 au 25 septembre 2019

Écriture, réécriture ou citation : les procédés de composition des textes médicaux antiques

Pour les détails, nous vous invitons à consulter: N’hésitez pas à partager cette information.  Avec nos remerciements et nos bien cordiaux messages, –Brigitte Maire & Nathalie Rousseau

criture, réécriture ou citation : les procédés de composition des textes médicaux antiques

Dans ce cadre, quatre bourses sont offertes à de jeunes chercheurs·euses afin de leur permettre de venir présenter leurs travaux (date limite de soumission des projets : 1er juillet 2019).

Pour les détails, nous vous invitons à consulter: N’hésitez pas à partager cette information.  Avec nos remerciements et nos bien cordiaux messages, –Brigitte Maire & Nathalie Rousseau

International Conference Leuven 30–31 August 2016

“Where Does it Hurt?  Ancient Medicine in Questions and Answers”

Call for Papers

Confirmed Keynote Speaker: Prof. Dr. Robert Mayhew (Seton Hall University)

Asking the right questions and obtaining the right answers is vital to modern medical healthcare. It is essential for efficient doctor-patient communication, forming an important component of medical treatment. This was no different in Antiquity. Already the Hippocratic writings give us an idea of which kinds of questions physicians asked in diagnosing their patients, and which answers they received in return (see, e.g., the case histories in the Epidemics). However, one can imagine that patients or, in case of severe illness, their relatives were often incapable of providing an accurate answer to (some of) the doctor’s questions. Galen, for instance, says that certain types of pain are actually felt by patients, but cannot be described by them when asked to (Loc. Aff. 2, 9 [8, 117 Kühn]). As such, a good doctor had to be able not simply to ask the right questions, but also to look for the right answers himself, if necessary.

The use of question-and-answer (Q&A) formulas is widely attested in ancient medical literature. By employing specific interrogative turns in their discourses, medical authors not only sought to provide practical information for proper treatment of patients, but also to amass theoretical insights about the human body and its physiological and pathological processes more generally. They dealt with several types of questions, including questions that sought to locate, define and explain certain illnesses or disorders in the body (“Where does it hurt?”, “What is it that hurts?”, ”Why does it hurt?”). Questions of this kind were common in medical treatises of the Greco-Roman period (they can be found, e.g., in medical manuals, medical papyri and collections of problemata). The popularity of the Q&A format is largely due to the fact that it became well-entrenched in the ancient medical school curriculum. Through its dialogical and interrogative structure, it provided teachers and students with a useful method to question and memorize all types of medical knowledge, both practical and theoretical. Once condensed in a textual form, it was also useful in transferring this knowledge between author and reader.

This conference aims to bring together scholars from the field of medical history and related fields (history of science, [natural] philosophy, theology, literary studies, linguistics, …) with the goal of examining the role of Q&A in medical literature, from the Hippocratic writers to Late Antiquity and its reception in the Middle Ages. The conference is open to various approaches, and aims to address – but is not restricted to – questions of content (e.g., transfer and transformation of medical knowledge in Q&A style), textuality (e.g., development from orality to written text), context (e.g., socio-intellectual relations between doctor/patient, teacher/student, author/reader), and use (e.g., theoretical contemplation vs. practical application of medical knowledge).

Please send your abstract (ca. 500 words) and a short bio (ca. 10 lines) by 15 January 2016 to Erika Gielen ( and Michiel Meeusen ( Presentations should be 20 minutes in length. In your abstract, please include a clear summary of your argument and an indication of how your paper would contribute to critical reflection on the topic as a whole. Early career researchers are especially encouraged to send in an abstract. The organisers hope, but cannot promise, to be able to offer accommodation to speakers.

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