Sunoikisis Faculty Development Seminar 2017

Ancient Science: Medicine

Dates: June 8-June 12
Course Consultant: Mark Schiefsky, Harvard University
This year, the Sunoikisis Faculty Development seminar will be the first of a series that will focus on the field of ancient science. We hope this course and those to follow will help our programs better position themselves to benefit from the emphasis on STEM fields at a number of institutions that participate in Sunoikisis. The seminar aims to create a course in translation suited for students with or without a background in the ancient world and design ways for students of Latin and ancient Greek to read some of the texts in the original language.The 5-day seminar will begin on Thursday, June 8, and conclude on Monday, June 12.
The consultant for Ancient Science: Medicine, Mark Schiefsky, holds a joint appointment in the Department of the History of Science and the Department of Classics at Harvard and currently serves as a senior fellow at the CHS.
A live stream of the proceedings will be available at


Thursday, June 8
9:00-10:30 a.m. Session 1: Intro Session
11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Session 2: Intro Session (cont’)
2:00-3:30 p.m. Session 3: Babylonian and Egyptian Medicine
4:00-5:30 p.m. Session 4: 2nd Session: Early Greek Poetry
Friday, June 9
9:00-10:30 a.m. Session 1: Early Greek Philosophy—A New World View
11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Session 2: Temple Medicine: The Cult of Asclepius
2:00-3:30 p.m. Session 3: Hippocratic Medicine: Nature, Divinity, and Disease
4:00-5:30 p.m. Session 4: Medicine, Health, and the Environment
Saturday, June 10
9:00-10:30 a.m. Session 1: The Athenian Plague
11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Session 2: Medicine and Philosophy
2:00-3:30 p.m. Session 3: Gender and Reproduction
4:00-5:30 p.m. Session 4: Surgery and Medical Ethics
Sunday, June 11
9:00-10:30 a.m. Session 1: 4th Century Philosophy
11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Session 2: Alexandrian Medicine: Herophilus and Erasistratus
2:00-3:30 p.m. Session 3: Hellenistic Medical Sects: Rationalists, Empiricists, and Methodists
4:00-5:30 p.m. Session 4: Poisons and Drugs
Monday, June 12
9:00-10:30 a.m. Session 1: Galen: His Career; Medicine and Philosophy; Health and Disease
11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Session 2: Galen: Anatomy and Physiology
2:00-3:30 p.m. Session 3: Galen: Body and Soul
4:00-5:30 p.m. Session 4: Development – Curricular design