Brill’s Companion to the Reception of Galen presents a comprehensive account of the afterlife of the corpus of the second-century AD Greek physician Galen of Pergamum. In 31 chapters, written by a range of experts in the field, it shows how Galen was adopted, adapted, admired, contested, and criticised across diverse intellectual environments and geographical regions, from Late Antiquity to the present day, and from Europe to North Africa, the Middle and the Far East.
The volume offers both introductory material and new analysis on the transmission and dissemination of Galen’s works and ideas through translations into Latin, Syriac, Arabic, Hebrew and other languages, the impact of Galenic thought on medical practice, as well as his influence in non-medical contexts, including philosophy and alchemy.
Petros Bouras-Vallianatos, Ph.D. (2015) King’s College London, is a Wellcome Trust Lecturer in History of Medicine at the University of Edinburgh. He has published on Byzantine medicine and pharmacology, cross-cultural medical exchanges in the Eastern Mediterranean, the reception of the classical medical tradition in the Middle Ages, and Greek palaeography.
Barbara Zipser, Dr. Phil. (2003) Heidelberg, is a Lecturer at Royal Holloway University whose main field of research is the manuscript tradition of Greek medical works, including the vernacular. Her research has been primarily funded by the Wellcome Trust.
All interested in the history of ancient, medieval, and early modern medicine and science, the reception of the classical literature, and anyone concerned with Galen and/or his afterlife.