On Theriac to Piso, Attributed to Galen

A Critical Edition with Translation and Commentary


Robert Leigh offers a critical edition with translation into English, commentary and introduction of the pharmacological treatise On Theriac to Piso traditionally attributed to Galen. The focus of the work is on the question of authorship and Leigh seeks to show on textual, pharmacological, doctrinal and historical grounds that the attribution to Galen is at least highly problematic and probably mistaken. As well as marshalling the arguments in the introduction, Leigh seeks in the commentary not only to give a general exegesis of the text but also to identify points of agreement and points of difference between the treatise and other works which are undisputedly in the genuine Galenic corpus.
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Biographical Note

Robert Leigh (PhD.) 2011, University of Exeter, is an honorary research fellow of that university. On Theriac to Piso is based on his PhD thesis.

Table of contents

Contents Acknowledgements Conspectus siglorum Introduction The Text The Manuscripts The Arabic Text The Latin Translations The Andromachus Poem The Treatise Structure and Content Date Authenticity Conclusions on Authenticity Note on Chapter Headings Text and Translation Commentary Appendices Bibliography Index Locorum General Index Index of Significant Greek Terms


This edition will be of interest to students of Galen and of the ancient medicine and pharmacology.