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Greek medical texts & their audience

Location
SW1.09 Somerset House East Wing
Category
Conference/Seminar
When
12 (14:00) - 13/12/2014 (17:30)
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Registration URL
http://greekmedicaltexts.eventbrite.co.uk
Description
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Greek medical texts and their audience: perception, transmission, reception

The idea that every text is meant to appeal to a certain audience is not a new one, but it is only recently that it has engaged much scholarly discussion, especially in light of the application of reception theory to literary works. This conference, convened by Petros Bouras-Vallianatos (King's College London) and Sophia Xenophontos (University of Glasgow), seeks to examine the interplay between Greek medical texts and their contemporary readers. Special attention will be given to the reception of these texts in later periods (for instance Late Antiquity and Byzantium) including the Syriac and Islamic tradition.

We aim to explore the following topics:

  • How do medical authors adjust their text according to the needs and expectations of their audience? (structure of medical texts and medical subgenres as aspects determining wide vs specialised readership)
  • Other conditions that may regulate, control, or limit the reception of medical writings (e.g. background of author and reader, degree of shared memory between them)
  • Deciphering medical texts; mechanisms for activating or enhancing the reader’s memory (e.g. rhetorics, visual representations, diagrams)
  • Cognitive and emotional responses to medical works
  • Translators/editors and their role in the transmission and reception of medical texts
  • Commentaries, scholia, paraphrases

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Image: Bibliotheca Universitaria di Bologna (by permission)

 

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