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Online Seminar Series 2020-2021

Organised by

Maria Gerolemou (University of Exeter, UK) / George Kazantzidis (University of Patras, Greece)

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About this series

COVID-19 has affected our lives tremendously; it reminded us – more than any other recent event in history – of how vulnerable and exposed we are to what Susan Sontag calls the ‘onerous citizenship’ of illness, which everyone would be happy to renounce. The pandemic also changed the way we communicate and interact as an academic community of classicists, ancient historians and archaeologists.

The present series of online seminars, dedicated to exploring crucial aspects of medicine and technology in the ancient world, aspires to create a virtual space of dialogue for all those interested in the sciences of antiquity. Our aim is to revisit ancient notions of health and illness, human ingenuity and craftsmanship, and to ponder how others before us have wrestled with the grim reality of disease but also how they have used technê to make their lives better—or at least more endurable.

The series consists of 12 talks which will be held via Zoom. You can register by clicking on the title of each talk.

All talks will be recorded and made available to the registrants.


Hosted by the University of Exeter


Cover: Gear photo by Pete Linforth from Pixabay / Poster: Hand painted wood engraving of artificial/mechanical hand. Both from Wellcome Collection. Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)