Babylonian Medicine

Freie Universität Berlin

Rome Workshop on Galen’s ‘Simple Drugs’

Rethinking Ancient Pharmacology: the transmission and interpretation of Galen’s treatise On simple drugs.

Date: September 22, 2017
Venue: The British School, Rome

The British School in Rome hosts an international workshop about the textual transmission and the interpretation of Galen’s treatise On Simple Drugs. The event is organised by Caroline Petit, Matteo Martelli and Lucia Raggetti (who is part of the Wissengeschichte-team working under Markham J. Geller/PI of BabMed at Freie Universität Berlin).

The workshop is funded by a BA-Leverhulme Small Grant as part of the project Rethinking Ancient Pharmacology: Galen’s Treatise On simple drugs (2017-2019).

Contributions by: Naima Afif, Siam Bhayro, Irene Calà, Stefania Fortuna, Robert Hawley, Matteo Martelli, Vivian Nutton, Lucia Raggetti, Peter N. Singer, Iolanda Ventura, John M. Wilkins.

For a full programme, please see here.

Le Journal des Médecines Cunéiformes, 2017 – N° 29

Le Journal des Médecines Cunéiformes, 2017 – N° 29


Maddalena Rumor p. 1-34

The ‘AŠ section’ of Uruanna III in Partitur


Silvia Salin p. 35-48

“Stinging Pain” in Assyro-Babylonian Medical Texts: Some Considerations.


Wilfred G. E. Watson p. 49-53

A Remedy for Equine Bloat?


Henry Stadhouders p. 54-55

Addendum to Sm. 460



Tzvi Abusch, Robert Biggs, Barbara Böck, Dominique Charpin, Jean-Marie Durand, Irving Finkel, Markham Geller, Nils Heeßel, Stefan Maul, Daniel Schwemer, JoAnn Scurlock, Marten Stol.



Annie Attia, Gilles Buisson, Martin Worthington.

contact: Annie Attia <>


7.-11. August 2017: EABS / SBL International Meeting, Berlin – Literary and Discursive Framing of Medical Knowledge in Antiquity

Vom 7.8. bis 11.8.2017 findet in Berlin das gemeinsame jährliche Treffen der EABS (European Association of Biblical Studies) und SBL (Society of Biblical Literature) statt.

Dabei wird es zwischen dem 9.8. und 11.8. ein Panel zur antiken Medizin unter dem Titel “Literary and Discursive Framing of Medical Knowledge in Antiquity” geben, einberufen durch Markham J. Geller (BabMed) und Lennart Lehmhaus (SFB 980 “Episteme in Bewegung”).

Das Programm ist auf der Website des SFB 980 einsehbar.



Book project – a horror story set in ancient Mesopotamia!

Please have a look at a new book project by Irving Finkel, presented and advertised on this crowd funding site:

There is the opportunity to support the project with a small fee and receive a copy of the limited print or even more exclusive offers … Not only the lovers of horror stories will have difficulties to resist….

[agade] WEBS: The medical corpus of the Cairo Genizah

The Genizah Research Unit at Cambridge University Library would like to announce the successful completion of the project ‘Medicine in medieval Egypt: creating online access to the medical corpus of the Cairo Genizah’, funded by a Wellcome Trust Research Resources Grant & Provision for Public Engagement (105086/Z/14/Z).

Among the 350,000 fragments of medieval manuscripts retrieved from the Genizah of the Ben Ezra synagogue in Fustat (Old Cairo) are almost 2,000 leaves dealing with medicine, the medical profession and health problems. This material was discarded into the Genizah, a storage room for preserving worn-out sacred texts, but that was actually used to dispose of all kinds of written items including a very important cache of material related to the sciences. Dating mostly from the tenth to the thirteenth centuries, these fragments written in Hebrew, Arabic and Judaeo-Arabic (Arabic language in Hebrew letters) are a highly significant source for studying the transmission of medical knowledge and the actual practice of medicine in the Middle Ages.

Thanks to a Wellcome Trust Research Resources Grant, all these fragments are now available as high-quality images on Cambridge University’s Digital Library and have been provided with updated cataloguing descriptions.

The outcomes of the project can be found on a dedicated webpage of the Genizah Research Unit website:

The page includes:

  1. a) a search engine for discovering the medical material preserved in the Cambridge Genizah Collections. The engine has the capability of searching through the updated catalogue of the medical fragments, retrieving results by keywords. High-quality images of the fragments can be viewed online on CUDL (Cambridge University Digital Library) or downloaded for study and research;
  2. b) ‘Beneficial, if God Wills!’: an introductory video focussing on the riches of the medical corpus of the Genizah;
  3. c) ‘A Brush with History’: a documentary showing the complex and painstaking process of conservation of Genizah fragments at Cambridge University Library;
  4. d) Links to two virtual exhibitions on medicine in the Genizah: ‘The Fame of Avicenna’s Canon: a view from the Cairo Genizah’ and ‘Recipes, Prescriptions and Drugs from Medieval Egypt’;
  5. e) links to a collection of the Genizah Unit’s Fragment of the Month: short articles on medical topics;
  6. f) a bibliography of scholarly publications on medicine in the Genizah and useful reference works.

We are looking forward to your feedback. Please, contact the Genizah Unit ( or Dr. Gabriele Ferrario ( with comments and queries.


-first posted on AGADE June 19, 2017-

Einladung 37. Treffen des Arbeitskreises “Alte Medizin” am 1. und 2. Juli 2017

Sehr geehrte Damen und Herren,


der Interdisziplinäre Arbeitskreis „Alte Medizin“ lädt zu seinem 37. Treffen ein. Die Tagung findet am

Samstag, den 1. Juli 2017 von 15:00-18:20 Uhr und

Sonntag, den 2. Juli 2017 von 9:30-13:35 Uhr

im Institut für Geschichte, Theorie und Ethik der Medizin der Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz, Am Pulverturm 13, 55131 Mainz, Untergeschoss (Hörsaal U 1125), statt. Das Tagungsprogramm finden Sie im Anhang und auf unserer Webseite:

Die Tagung ist von der Landesärztekammer Rheinhessen mit 9 CME-Punkten und von der Landesapothekerkammer Rheinland-Pfalz mit 11 Fortbildungspunkten zertifiziert.

Die Veranstaltung ist öffentlich. Wir bitten aber nach Möglichkeit um Anmeldung, um vorab die Teilnehmerzahlen kalkulieren zu können. Bitten nutzen Sie hierfür unser Anmeldeformular im Anhang und senden Sie dieses bis 20. Juni 2017 an Frau Nadine Gräßler per E-Mail (, per Post (Institut für Altertumswissenschaften / Ägyptologie der Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz, Hegelstraße 59, 55122 Mainz) oder per Fax (+49 6131 39-38338).

Wir würden uns freuen, Sie in Mainz begrüßen zu können.


Mit herzlichen Grüßen, auch im Namen meiner Kolleginnen,

Ihre Tanja Pommerening


Univ.-Prof. Dr. Tanja Pommerening

Institut für Altertumswissenschaften, Ägyptologie

Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz, FB07

D-55099 Mainz



Vorsitz IAK Alte Medizin



-sent via Graduiertenkolleg 1876 [] June 8, 2017-

Studies in Iconography and Cultures of the ANE in honor of F.A.M. Wiggermann

>>F.A.M. Wiggermann currently is a research fellow at Freie Universität Berlin (TOPOI Excellence Cluster/BabMed).<<


by David Kertai / Olivier Nieuwenhuyse (eds.):

From the Four Corners of the Earth. Studies in Iconography and Cultures of the Ancient Near East in Honour of F.A.M. Wiggermann = Alter Orient und Altes Testament 441 Münster 2017

324 pages

ISBN: 978-3-86835-216-0

Book: € 112,00 ( / $ 122,00 ( Book + E-book (ISBN: 978-3-86835-217-7): € 120,00 / $ 130,00


Sixteen contributions on cultural history, archaeological and textual remains of the Ancient Near East are devoted to the Assyriologist F.A.M. Wiggermann from Amsterdam. Dining and drinking in ritual, ceremonial and everyday contexts are considered. Black dogs and Seven demons are given attention, as well as Babylonian whirlwinds, Assyrian crown princes and the origin of maps.


  1. Kertai / O. Nieuwenhuyse: Frans Wiggermann: A Life Exploring Assyriology and Archaeology Tz. Abusch: A Paean and Petition to a God of Death: Some Comments on a Šuilla to Nergal D. Collon: Old Babylonian Whirlwinds and Sippar K. Duistermaat: What’s Cooking at the Dunnu? Thoughts on an Exotic, Steatite-tempered Pottery Cauldron in the ‘Kitchen’ of Grand Vizier Ili-pada at Middle Assyrian Tell Sabi Abyad, Syria B.S. Düring: Reconsidering the Origins of Maps in the Near East M. Geller / L. Vacín: Fermenting Vat, Childbirth and Dreckapotheke: A School Incantatory-Medical Tablet St. Jakob: Die Kehrseite des Sieges D. Kertai: The Iconography of the Late Assyrian Crown Prince O. Nieuwenhuyse: Civilized Men Drinking St.V. Panayotov: The Second Seal of Kabti-ilī-Marduk/Suhaya on a New Egibi Land Sale Contract I.S. Plantholt: Black Dogs in Mesopotamia and Beyond D. Shehata: Naturgewalt und (Un)heilsmacht. Strukturelle und inhaltliche Überlegungen zum akkadischen Anzû-Mythos U. Steinert: Cows, Women and Wombs: Interrelations Between Texts and Images From the Ancient Near East M. Stol: Ghosts at the Table L. Verderame: On the Early History of the Seven Demons (Sebettu) W. Waal: Anatolian Hieroglyphs on Hittite Clay Tablets F.C. Woudhuizen: The Earliest Indo-Europeans in Anatolia


–first posted on AGADE June 2, 2017–



[agade] LECTURES & eLECTURES: ‘”The Body and its Legal Implication in Second Millennium Elam” (Paris and internet, June 22)

The Body and its Legal Implication in Second Millennium Elam


A Lecture and Video-Conference by Carole Roche-Hawley, CNRS Ivry sur Seine

Thursday, June 22, 2017 4 p.m.-6 p.m. (Paris time) at the Ivry sur Seine CNRS building, 27 rue Paul Bert, Porte de Choisy/Porte d’Ivry subway station, room C in the basement or by distance through video-conference

This presentation constitutes the tenth monthly session of the interdisciplinary seminar “The Individual and his Body in the Ancient Mediterranean Basin” organized by Alice Mouton and supported by the Labex RESMED and the UMR 8167 Orient et Mediterranée.



All the persons who are interested in attending the session (either in Ivry sur Seine or through video-conference) are welcome for free but should register by e-mail beforehand.

Contact: <>.


-first posted on AGADE June 7, 2017-

The Body as a Symbol of Social Belonging in Hittite Anatolia: The Example of Clothing

Betreff: [agade] LECTURES & eLECTURES: The Body as a Symbol of Social Belonging in Hittite Anatolia first posted May 3, 2017

A Lecture and Video-Conference by Alice Mouton, CNRS Ivry sur Seine and Catholic University of Paris

Thursday, May 18, 2017 4 p.m.-6 p.m. (Paris time) at the Ivry sur Seine CNRS building, 27 rue Paul Bert, Porte de Choisy/Porte d’Ivry subway station, room C in the basement or by distance through video-conference

Through an analysis of various Hittite cuneiform texts, it will be shown that clothing very often – if not always – symbolizes identity in Hittite Anatolia. In other words, the way individuals dress expresses their belonging to one or, rather, several particular social groups: not only socio-professional categories (king/queen, priest/priestess, etc.), but also gender. The ritualized change of clothes is one of the strategies that is used to symbolize the change in someone’s social or/and symbolic state.

This presentation constitutes the ninth monthly session of the interdisciplinary seminar “The Individual and his Body in the Ancient Mediterranean Basin” organized by Alice Mouton and supported by the Labex RESMED and the UMR 8167 Orient et Mediterranée.

All persons interested in attending the session (either in Ivry sur Seine or through video-conference) are welcome for free but should register by e-mail beforehand.


Petition: Save the Yale Babylonian Collection

Online petition:
Dear President Salovey:

As you wrote in July 2015, the Yale Babylonian Collection (YBC) is “a jewel among Yale’s extraordinary cultural-heritage holdings.”


The April 2017 report of the ten-member Advisory Committee for the YBC, which was initiated by Provost Ben Polak, chaired by Deputy Provost Susan Gibbons, and included only two Assyriologists, will destroy this jewel forever.


The report’s main recommendations are as follows:

  • Take away the independent status of the YBC, established at its founding in 1909.
  • Dispense with the services of the tenured faculty Assyriologist Curator, as of 1 July 2017.
  • Move the YBC (at a date left open-ended) from Sterling Library, where it has benefited since the 1930s from the unique synergy created by the purpose-built proximity of artifacts, classroom, workrooms, and its own research library.
  • Replace direct and unimpeded scholarly access with digitization, effectively spelling the end of the YBC’s distinguished publication series.
  • Hire a 1-year “conservation fellow” to make an “assessment,” based perforce on no input from faculty Assyriologists or other curators of cuneiform tablets.

We, the undersigned, urge you to save the YBC from these recommendations.  If they are implemented, it will cease to exist as one of the world’s pre-eminent centers for the study of cuneiform tablets and other Mesopotamian materials, and the only place among its peer collections where teaching, learning, and scholarly dissemination are fully integrated into all its activities (


Ignoring the threats to the Mesopotamian past in New Haven is inconsistent with your previously stated concern for global cultural heritage.  You have an opportunity to make rescuing the YBC a defining moment of your presidency.


Save the Babylonian Collection, Yale’s extraordinary jewel!