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Crete/Patras Ancient Emotions II Conference: Medical Understandings of Emotions in Antiquity -08-09-



This conference seeks to explore emotions’ significant role in Greek and Roman medical writings. In the medical discourse of antiquity, doctors are usually portrayed as disembodied, rational agents of professional knowledge and, hence, emotionally detached; silencing or suppressing emotions, such as fear, hope or disgust, appears to be integral to an ancient doctor’s self-fashioning and defines the ‘clinical’ conditions under which medical treatment should be conducted, even in the face of a painful illness. Patients, on the other hand, experience a wide range of emotions: depending on the nature of the disease, these emotions appear either as secondary side-effects or, in cases where a psychosomatic condition is at play, as fundamental diagnostic criteria. Yet, scholarship has not paid much attention to emotions in medical literature.


FECHA/DATE/DATA: 08-09-10/12/2017


LUGAR/LOCATION/LUOGO: University of Patras (Patra, Greece)

ORGANIZADOR/ORGANIZER/ORGANIZZATORE: George Kazantzidis; Dimos Spatharas


INFO: gkazantzidis@upatras.gr ; spatharas@gmail.com


INSCRIPCIÓN/REGISTRATION/REGISTRAZIONE: Gratis / Free / Gratuito

email to: gkazantzidis@upatras.gr - spatharas@gmail.com


PROGRAMA/PROGRAM/PROGRAMMA: Provisional Programme FRIDAY, DECEMBER 8 14:00 – 15:00: Registration -Refreshments 15:00 – 15:10: Welcome speech Introduction: 15:10-15:30 George Kazantzidis and Dimos Spatharas Session I: 15:30-17:15 -Elizabeth Craik (U. of St Andrews) “The Doctor’s Dilemma: Addressing Irrational Fear” -Jennifer Clarke Kosak (Bowdoin College) “Fear, Shame, and Concealment in the Hippocratic Corpus” -Chiara Thumiger (U. of Warwick) “Shame and Shamefulness in Ancient Medicine” Coffee break Session II 17:35-18:45 -Maria Michela Sassi (U. of Pisa) “Thematizing Emotions: Between Philosophy and Medicine” -Spyridon Rangos (U. of Patras) “Wonder and Perplexity across Medicine and Philosophy in Ancient Greece” Dinner


SATURDAY, DECEMBER 9 Session III 10:oo-11:10 -Teun Tieleman (Utrecht U.) “The Stoic Philosopher Posidonius and Greco-Roman Medical Tradition” -Margaret Graver (Dartmouth) “Flat Affect” Coffee break Session IV 11:40-12.50 -Fabio Stok (University of Rome Tor Vergata) “Emotions, Soul, and Body in the Medicine of Cornelius Celsus” -George Kazantzidis, “Anti-humoralism and Emotions in 1st century AD Medicine” Lunch Session V 15:00-16.10 -Amber Porter (U. of Calgary, Canada) “‘The Great Misfortune of the Physician’: Empathy and Compassion in the Writings of Aretaeus of Cappadocia” -Susan Mattern (U. of Georgia) “The Atlas Patient: Fear and Psychosis in Galen and Ancient Greek Medicine” Coffee break Session VI 16:40-17:50 -Daniel King (U. of Exeter) “Am I Going to Make It Doctor? Hope and Despair in Imperial Greek Medicine” -Alexia Petsalis-Diomidis (Corpus Christi, U. of Oxford) “Mind, Body Parts, and the Experience of Illness in Aelius Aristides’ Hieroi Logoi and Votive Dedications” Dinner


SUNDAY, DECEMBER 10 Session VII 10:00-11:45 -Peter Singer (Birkbeck, University of London) “What is a Pathos? Where Medicine Meets Philosophy” -David Kaufman (Transylvania U.) “Galen on the Apatheia/Metriopatheia Debate” -Julia Trompeter (Utrecht U.) “Moderation cum Eradication: Emotions in Galen’s Moral Psychology” Coffee break Session VIII 12:15-13:25 -Maria Vamvouri-Ruffy (Université de Lausanne) “Emotions as Symptoms of Vices and Diseases in Plutarch’s Lives” -Dimos Spatharas (U. of Crete) “Conceptualizing Emotions through Disease Metaphors” Conclusions 13:25-13:40

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