The next seminar in the series will take place on

Thursday 27 May 2004, at 5.30 pm.

The speaker will be:

Professor Nancy Siraisi Hunter College, New York / New York City University

She will give a seminar on:

Medical Culture in Late Sixteenth-Century Rome: Natural History, Case Histories, and the Cult of Antiquity

Summary: This paper examines the interests and activities of a group of physicians in sixteenth-century Rome, who participated in flourishing local cultures of antiquarianism and natural history as well as in the religious life of the papal city. These men wrote on such antiquarian topics as ancient Roman baths and bathing practices, forms of physical exercise, diet, and arrangements for urban water supply. They also addressed aspects of the natural history of the local environment÷its air, water, and record of floods and epidemics. In a period when Rome was undergoing massive urban expansion, their interest in such topics was not simply the result of humanistic education, but also related to current issues of public health. At the same time, both medical practice and participation in secular and ecclesiastical legal proceedings seem to have encouraged their production of detailed narratives of individual cases of disease.

The meeting will take place in the School of Historical Studies, Armstrong Meeting Room, (Armstrong Building, second floor). Everyone is welcome from 5 pm to a pre-seminar glass of wine. The seminar itself starts at 5.30 pm.

For further information please contact:

P.J. van der Eijk Professor of Greek University of Newcastle Classics School of Historical Studies Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 7RU Tel. (+)44.191.2228262 Fax: (+)44.191.2228262 email: [email protected]