Greek physician and patient, plaster cast in W.H.M.M. Wellcome Images.

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Greek physician and patient, plaster cast.

On the Psyche: Studies in Literature, Health and Psychology

4–7 July 2013

Supported by the College of Humanities, The Centre for Medical History, Classics and Ancient History, University of Exeter, Oxford University Press, The Hellenic Society and The Classical Association.

An international conference held to celebrate the work of Professor Christopher Gill building on his studies of the psyche and the self in the ancient world.

In three impressive volumes Professor Gill has integrated literary approaches with ancient psychology and medicine, from Homer and Plato to the Stoics and Galen. He has additionally addressed the question whether some of these approaches may contribute to improving our own lives and wellbeing.

The conference presented papers on the development of the psyche from Homer to tragedy and Plato, on the underworld, on medical and philosophical debates on psychology ; on modern medical understanding of ancient wellbeing; on happiness, hope and truth, and freedom, and on Neoplatonic approaches to the self and the human relationship with the divine.

Conference materials