Medieval Manuscripts Seminar

Medieval Manuscripts Seminar
16 January 2018, 5.30pm - 7.15pm
Dr Seng T Lee Centre for Manuscript and Book Studies, Senate House Library, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU

Petros Bouras-Vallianatos, KCL

Dr Petros Bouras-Vallianatos, Leverhulme Research Fellow, King’s College London

Greek Medical Manuscripts (10th-15th c.): Texts, Contexts, and Readers

This paper examines a large number of medieval Greek medical manuscripts in an attempt to suggest a new categorisation which will hopefully promote further study on currently neglected medieval Greek medical texts and manuscripts, and also provide a new set of data for comparative studies in the wider medieval Mediterranean World. The focus will be on the relationship between text and reader in a variety of contexts, including education and medical practice, with a particular attention to the debate about the primacy of tradition over empiricism and the impact of knowledge transfer. In doing so, it will use evidence from Byzantium proper, especially from the tenth to the fifteenth century, and also other areas of the Mediterranean which remained under Greek influence for many centuries after the end of the Byzantine rule, such as Southern Italy and Sicily. 

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