Ancient Medicine (CLA3271)

30 credits

From plagues and human vivisection to epileptic goats, this module will study the diversity of approaches to diseases and healing in Graeco-Roman antiquity – whether religious, ‘rational’ or ‘popular’ – and how these were perceived by different cultures. It will also examine the impact that ancient medicine has had upon the Western medical tradition more broadly, and attempt to understand the ways in which our views of medical figures such as Hippocrates and Galen have been shaped and distorted by more recent developments and concerns.