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Medicine and Trade in the Classical World - 09-10/09/2019, Cambridge (England)


This conference aims to explore medicine and trade in the classical world in the light of new research into many aspects of the ancient economy. We invite paper proposals from those working primarily in medical or economic fields, in history, archaeology and classics, from graduate students, early career researchers and established scholars.

FECHA/DATE/DATA: 09-10/09/2019

LUGAR/LOCATION/LUOGO: University of Cambridge (Cambridge, England)

ORGANIZADOR/ORGANIZER/ORGANIZZATORE: Rebecca Flemming (Cambridge); Laurence Totelin (Cardiff)

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-Estándar (dos días)/standard (two days)/standard (due giorni): 20£

-Estándar (un día)/standard (one days/standard (un giorno): 15£

-Estudiantes, ponentes y miembros de la Facultad de Clásicas de la Universidad de Cambridge/students, speakers and members of the Faculty of Classics, University of Cambridge/ studenti, altoparlanti e membri di Faculty of Classics, University of Cambridge: gratis/free/gratuito


Monday 9 September 2019

9.15-9.45 – Registration with Coffee

9.45 – Welcome

10.00-11.00 – Plenary: Matthew Cobb (UWTSD, Lampeter): ‘Medicine and Indian Ocean Trade in Antiquity’

11.00-11.30 – Coffee

11.30-1.00 – Panel: Ships, sea-travel and the spread of stuff

Matthew Skuse (University of St. Andrews): ‘Aegyptiaca, astringents, and early Greek medicine’

Andrea Camilli and Gloriana Pace (Ancient Shipwrecks Project, Pisa): ‘Medicine onboard ships: Interesting case-studies coming from the ancient shipwrecks of Pisa (Italy)’

Piers Mitchell (University of Cambridge): ‘Trade and the Spread of Infectious Disease in the Classical World: The Evidence for Intestinal Parasites’

1.00-2.00 – Lunch

2.00-3.30 – Panel: Trading in words and texts

Nathalie Rousseau (Sorbonne University): ‘No trader’s words in the language of medicine! The language of merchants and traders according to Galen of Pergamum’

Nicola Reggiani (University of Parma): ‘Trade and circulation of medical writings in the Roman world’

Carmen Caballero-Navas (University of Granada): ‘Remedies and Medicines found in Rabbinic ‘Gynaecology’ and their classical background’

3.30-4.00 – Tea

4.00-5.00 – Plenary: Muriel Labonnelie (University of Burgundy): Marketing collyria in the Roman world’

5.00-7.00 – Drinks

7.00 – Conference Dinner

Tuesday 10 September 2019

9.30-10.30 – Plenary: Zosia Archibald (University of Liverpool): ‘The value of well-being’

10.30-11.00 – Coffee

11.00-12.30 – Panel: Archaeological and literary sources for medicine and trade.

Katherine Beydler (University of Michigan) ‘Tracking the Trade of Medicinal Plants:Integrating Archaeobotanical and Textual Evidence’

Clara Di Fazio and Andrea Grazian (Velia 2019 Project/Sapienza, Rome): ‘Looking for medicine in the centre of Rome: Arabian and Egyptian spices in the horrea Piperataria’

Effie Photos-Jones (University of Glasgow): ‘Temple pharmaceuticals: Lemnian Earth in Galen’s time’

12.30-1.30 – Lunch

1.30- 3.00 – Panel: Rome the medical and commercial metropolis

Marguerite Hirt (University of Cambridge): ‘Biting business: reflections on trade and Roman dental care’

Tibor Grüll (University of Pécs), ‘Commercialization of medicaments in the Roman Empire’

Katerina Panagopoulou (University of Crete): ‘Medical networks and trade: Crete, Cyrene and Rome’

3.00-3.30 – Coffee

3.30-4.30 – Plenary: Petros Bouras-Vallianatos (University of Edinburgh): ‘Contextualising Pharmacological Substances from Asia in Late Antique Medical Works’

4.30-5.00 – Concluding Discussion.

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