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Scientific Traditions in the Ancient Mediterranean and Near East - 19-20/09/2019, New York (NY, USA)






We are pleased to announce that the call for papers is now open for the second annual conference hosted by the international research collaboration, Scientific Papyri from Ancient Egypt: New Medical and Astrological Texts (SPAE). While the collaboration is centered on Egyptian scientific texts, this year’s conference aims for a broader cross-cultural perspective and increased interdisciplinarity in the approach to the ancient sciences


FECHA / DATE/DATA: 19-20/09/2019


LUGAR/LOCATION/LUOGO: Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, New York (NY, USA)


ORGANIZADOR/ORGANIZER/ORGANIZZATORE: Amber Jacob (ISAW, PhD fellow); Sofie Schiødt (University of Copenhagen, PhD fellow); Lingxin Zhang (Johns Hopkins University, PhD fellow); Alexander Jones (ISAW, Leon Levy Director, Professor)


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INSCRIPCIÓN/REGISTRATION/REGISTRAZIONE:   September 19   September 20  Gratis/free/gratuito




DAY 1 - SEPTEMBER 19, 2019



Session 1
Chair: Friedhelm Hoffmann, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München

9:15-9:30am: Welcome

9:30-10:00am: Robert Kade, Freie Universität Berlin
50 Shades of gyl – Deciphering the Other in Demotic Scientific Traditions

10:00-10:30am: Anne Grons, Freie Universität Berlin
The Coptic Herbal P. Carlsberg 500 and the Treatment of “Mist” in an Eye

10:30-11:00am: Coffee Break


Session 2
Chair: Kim Ryholt, Københavns Universitet

11:00-11:45am: Joachim Quack, Universität Heidelberg
A miscellany of mainly medical content: pBrooklyn 47.218.47

11:45am-12:15pm: Amber Jacob, ISAW
Skin Deep: Cutaneous Treatment and Taboo in Graeco-Roman Egypt

12:15-12:45pm: Nicola Reggiani, Università degli Studi di Parma
Medical Literary and Documentary Culture in Graeco-Roman Fayum

12:45-1:45pm: Lunch Break


Session 3
Chair: Claire Bubb, ISAW

1:45-2:15pm: Monika Amsler, University of Maryland
Recipes, Foodstuffs, and Words: The Theory Behind Voces Magicae

2:15-2:45pm: Kassandra Jackson Miller, Bard College
When Hours Are Numbered: Quantitative Vs. Qualitative Timekeeping in Imperial-Period Medicine

2:45-3:15pm: Coffee Break


Session 4
Chair: TBA

3:15-4:00pm: Friedhelm Hoffmann, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
A Medical Interpretation of Egyptian Magical Texts

4:00-4:45pm: Richard Jasnow, Johns Hopkins University
Medicine, Dreams, and Imhotep in the Book of Thoth

5:00-7:00pm: Reception


DAY 2 - SEPTEMBER 20, 2019


Session 1
Chair: Luigi Prada, University of Oxford

9:30-10:30am: KEYNOTE: Kim Ryholt, Københavns Universitet
Manuals on Sothis Divination from the Tebtunis Temple Library

10:30-11:00am: Coffee Break


Session 2
Chair: Alexander Jones, ISAW

11:00-11:30am: Marina Escolano-Poveda, University of Liverpool
Astronomica Montserratensia: P. Monts.Roca inv. 314 and the Transmission of Mesopotamian Astronomy to the Graeco-Roman World Through Egypt

11:30am-12:00pm: Lingxin Zhang, Johns Hopkins University
The Astrological Features in the Women’s Astrological Manuals

12:00-1:00pm: Lunch Break


Session 3
Chair: Richard Jasnow, Johns Hopkins University

1:00-1:45pm: Luigi Prada, University of Oxford
Dreaming Physiology: Health, Illness, and Sexuality through the Lens of Ancient Egyptian Oneiromancy

1:45-2:15pm: Calloway Scott, University of Cincinnati
Dream-Science, Medicine, and the Organization of Knowledge in Artemidorus’ Oneirocritica

2:15-2:45pm: Francesca Minen, Warburg Institute, University of London
Signs of Sickness and Health in Ancient Mesopotamia. For a Comparative Study of Terrestrial Omens and Medical Texts from the World of Cuneiform Culture

2:45-3:15pm: Coffee Break


Session 4
Chair: Fredrik Hagen, Københavns Universitet

3:15-4:00pm: Barbara Böck, Spanish National Research Council
The Body in the Ancient Babylonian Mind

4:00-4:30pm: Sofie Schiødt, Københavns Universitet
Contending with Swellings in New Kingdom Egypt

4:30-5:00pm: Jonny Russell, Universiteit Leiden
Investigations into Theoretical Paradigms of Egyptian and Mesopotamian Healing: A Progress Report


The conference is co-sponsored by ISAW, the NYU Center for Ancient Studies, the NYU Department of Classics, the NYU Skirball Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies, and the NYU Society for Ancient Studies.







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