The Gods and Healing: Ancient (Greek) Medicine and Religion
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Fall 2012

The course will use a number of medical texts by ancient Greek medical writers, especially from the corpus attributed to Hippocrates, and the writings of Galen, Soranus, and from collections of writings dedicated to Asclepius, the Greek god of healing, to discuss the links between medicine, healing, the demonic and the divine in the ancient world. We will also consult but also texts by philosophers, including Christian ones, and writing on what is often called magic to address the same set of questions: what is healing? Who heals? How does that relate to the divine? What differentiates the divine and the magic? Most of the reading will be from the ancient authors themselves.

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