GK 390 • Ancient Medicine
1:30 PM-3:00 PM
The treatises of the Hippocratic Corpus cover a large number of topics: anatomy, physiology, nosology epidemiology, surgery, regimen, gynecology, prognostic, deontology. Most, if not all, of these issues are touched upon in the treatise Places in Man. Over the course of the semester we will do a close reading of Places in Man and for each topic I will also assign reading from other treatises in the Corpus for comparative purposes. In this way students will not only read an entire treatise but also be introduced to the wide range of Hippocratic subject matter. Places in Man is also significant in that it is generally held to be among the earliest of the Hippocratic treatises, and indeed its latest editor argues that it is "the earliest surviving work of Greek prose." In the course of our reading we will assess her reasons for thinking this.
The grade for the class will be based on class participation, a class presentation and a paper. The paper can be in any area of the student's choosing (e.g., epic, history, tragedy) as long as it deals centrally with medical imagery therein.
Hippocrates' Places in Man, Greek text and Translation with Introduction and Commentary, Elizabeth M.Craik ed. (Clarendon Press: Oxford 1998)