Greek manuscripts at the Wellcome Library

CONFERENCE – Greek manuscripts at the Wellcome Library: A symposium and concert, Wellcome Trust, 183 Euston Rd, Bloomsbury, London NW1, Thursday 25 May 2017. The event is free to attend.

The one-day symposium is aiming to explore hitherto unknown or very little studied medical texts. Topics will include the diagnosis and therapy of diseases, and the ownership of manuscripts by physicians. Other papers will reflect on the interrelationship between medicine and astronomy, poetry and divinatory texts. There will also be an opportunity to view a selection of the Library’s Greek manuscripts.

The symposium will be followed by a concert of Byzantine hymns on medicine. These are unique medical texts which are preserved in one of the manuscripts of the collection and will be performed for the first time in the United Kingdom. Participants will be able to explore the connections between music, memory and medicine in 13th-century Byzantium through a live performance.

Program

* Elma Brenner (Wellcome Library, London), Opening
* Petros Bouras-Vallianatos (King’s College London), Introduction
* Vivian Nutton (First Moscow State Medical University), History of the collection.

Session I: Greek Medical Texts
Chair: Ronit Yoeli-Tlalim (Goldsmiths, University of London)
* Orly Lewis (Hebrew University of Jerusalem), The medical theory of the Anonymous of Paris
* Caroline Petit (University of Warwick), Galenic diagnostic and prognostic in the Wellcome Library’s Greek manuscripts.

Session II: Byzantine and Post-Byzantine Medical Texts
Chair: Dimitrios Skrekas (University of Oxford)
* Barbara Zipser (Royal Holloway, University of London), MS. MSL. 14 as a therapeutic handbook
* Marjolijne Janssen (Independent Researcher), The language of MS. 4103.

Session III: Byzantine Poetry, Astronomy and Divination
Chair: Peregrine Horden (Royal Holloway, University of London)
* Marc Lauxtermann (University of Oxford), The poetry in Wellcome Library, MS. 498
* Anne Tihon (Université Catholique de Louvain), Jewish astronomy in Byzantium: texts and manuscripts
* Georgi Parpulov (British Museum, London), Eschatological prophecy in the age of the Phanariots: Wellcome MS. 413.

Showcase of selected Greek manuscripts, Library Viewing Room.

Concert: Singing Byzantine Medicine.

* Petros Bouras-Vallianatos (King’s College London), The medical context
* Dimitrios Skrekas (University of Oxford), The musical context.

Concert: Byzantine hymns chanted by Dimitrios Skrekas, Athanasios Charalampopoulos and choir.

Stichera and canon on the examination of blood and urines attributed to Nikephoros Vlemmydes.

Interactive discussion with the audience, including brief provocations by Helen King (Open University/University of Warwick) and Dionysios Stathakopoulos (King’s College London).

To register, please contact Petros Bouras-Vallianatos by Monday 22 May.

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