Mar 08, 2021  
Catalogue 2020-2021 
    
Catalogue 2020-2021
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GRST 180 - Health and Healing in the Ancient Mediterranean

Semester Offered: Fall and Spring
1 unit(s)
(Same as STS 180 ) This course is an interdisciplinary introduction to health and healing in the ancient Mediterranean, beginning with Egypt and moving on to Greece, Rome, and the early Middle Ages. Through a variety of readings from medical “literature” (broadly defined), we focus on how patients and practitioners of ancient medicine understood the human body and managed disease. Topics for discussion include medicine and mythology, theories of medicine (such as humoral theory, miasma, and plague), pharmacology, folk medicine, and women’s health, among others. Class discussion and assignments consider how these topics shape our understanding of disease today and what role storytelling plays in the diagnosis, treatment, and recovery of patients. Margaret Elsner.

Two 75-minute periods.

Course Format: CLS



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