The course is designed for the future specialists in medicine, and focused on the history of ancient medicine in a number of interrelated aspects. Firstly, we plan to analyze relevant narrative sources, above all such an encyclopedic author as Galen, in order to produce a detailed study of the procedures and methods of diagnostics and treating of deceases typical for ancient medical praxis in the period of its flourishing. In addition to Galen we will study a number of lesser authorities, the physicians and other scientists, who contributed to the development of ancient medicine. Secondly, we plan to study ancient technological advances that allowed the physicians to improve their treatment of human body, mostly on the basis of the museum’s collections (mostly these in Epidaurus, Corinth, Pergamon, Kos and Athens). We will investigate the hospitals, medical instruments, glass, votive offerings, etc.

Данный курс предназначен для студентов 6 курса Медицинского Факультета НГУ.

The course is designed for the future specialists in medicine. For this purpose the standard course of Latin grammar is supplemented with a specialized vocabulary and a chrestomathy which contain a selection of Ancient medical texts, above all such an encyclopedic author as Galen (some of his treaties, preserved in Latin). In addition to Galen we will study a number of lesser authorities, the physicians and other scientists, who contributed to the development of ancient medicine.

Grammar classes (36 hours of working in class) shortly outline the basic structure of the Latin language, while for the reading seminars (36 hours of teaching) I have chosen a different approach:  each of nine seminars is dedicated to a specific author and/or topic, which is discussed both conceptually and in its historical prospective. Student’s work (total load 64 hours) will consists of (1) Individual reading of the assigned literature and (2) preparing of a final test according to the instructor’s recommendations.

The working language of the course is English.