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Anonymus Londiniensis (Mayweek seminar 2012)

Monday 28th May - Friday 1st June 2012

Text: new Teubner edition in D. Manetti (ed.), Anonymus Londiniensis: De Medicina (Berlin 2011). English translation, not entirely reliable, and based on Hermann Diels' 1893 edition, available in W.H.S. Jones, The Medical Writings of Anonymus Londinensis (Cambridge 1947). For a useful introduction to the papyrus, see D. Manetti, 'The Role of Doxography in the Anonymus Londinensis', in P.J. van der Eijk (ed.), Ancient Histories of Medicine (Leiden 1999), 95-141.
The so-called Anonymus Londinensis is the unknown author of an extensive medical text on papyrus, held in the British Library, which draws on a doxographical survey of the causes of disease attributed by the author to Aristotle, and offers an account of human physiology based largely on the Hellenistic medical tradition. Hermann Diels, who first edited the papyrus in 1893, was interested in it primarily for the light it cast on his reconstruction of the doxographical tradition, but it also carried far-reaching implications for views on Hippocrates and the medical background to Plato's work.

The seminar is open to anyone resident in Cambridge who is prepared to attend at least a substantial number of the sessions. Visitors from outside Cambridge should check with David Sedley ( or David Leith ( All sessions will be held in Room 1.11, Faculty of Classics, Sidgwick Site, Cambridge.

Monday 28th May
10.30-12.30: Cols. i 1 - iv 17, James Warren
4.00-6.00: Cols. iv 18 - viii 10, Geoffrey Lloyd

Tuesday 29th May
10.30-12.30: Cols. viii 10 - xiv 6, Vivian Nutton
4.00-6.00: Cols. xiv 6 - xviii 8, Harold Tarrant

Wednesday 30th May
10.30-12.30: Cols. xviii 8 - xxi 13, Daniela Manetti
4.00-6.00: Cols. xxi 13 - xxv 35, David Sedley

Thursday 31st May
10.30-12.30: Cols. xxv 35 - xxx 40, Brooke Holmes
4.00-6.00: Cols. xxx 40 - xxxiv 53, Arnis Ritups

Friday 1st June
10.30-12.30: Cols. xxxiv 53 - xxxix 32, David Leith
4.00-6.00: Retrospect, Rebecca Flemming 6.30 onwards: party with food

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