Greek diet, health, and medicine in the Roman world

9-11 сентября 2015 г. в университете Эксетера состоится конференция «Греческие диета, здоровье и медицина в римском мире».

Заявки на участие (тезисы объёмом 250-300 слов) принимаются до 27 марта 2015 г. по адресу: (Erica Rowan) и (Daniel King).

Оригинальный текст:

Greek diet, health, and medicine in the Roman world:

Integration and analysis of the archaeological and literary material

September 9-11, 2015

University of Exeter, Devon, UK

An international conference organised and funded through the Leventis Initiative on the Impact of Greek Culture.

Concepts and attitudes towards diet, health, and medicine in the Roman world were heavily influenced by Greek beliefs and practices. Later Greek and Roman medical writers such as Galen built upon a Greek foundation and followed existing traditions. Yet did Greek concepts of health and medicine spread to all regions of the Roman Empire?

The study of diet, health, and medicine in the Roman world, from an archaeological perspective, has grown exponentially in the last few decades with the increased study of archaeobotanical and zooarchaeological remains as well as advances in isotopic analysis. Nevertheless, the impact of Greek concepts on Roman beliefs and practices has never been fully explored, and at present, there has been no amalgamation of the literary and archaeological evidence. How do we assess Greek influence archaeologically? Can the claims of both Greek and Roman authors concerning health be reconciled with the existing bioarchaeological and material evidence?

This conference will examine the impact of Greek thought on Roman notions of diet, health and medicine from both the literary and archaeological perspectives with the goal of forming a more holistic understanding of the activities taking place to maintain good health amongst both the elite and non-elite members of Roman society.

Keynote addresses by:

Dr. Alexandra Livarda (University of Nottingham)

Dr. David Leith (University of Exeter).

Proposed sessions include:

Greek and non-Greek writings on the relationship between diet, health and medicine

Integration of the literary and archaeological evidence: Diet and health

Integration of the literary and archaeological evidence:  Medicine and medical practices

Reversing influences: Impact of Roman thought on Greek notions of well-being

Paper abstracts due:  March 27, 2015

Abstracts should be 250-300 words. Acceptance of these will be confirmed as quickly as possible. Papers will be 30 minutes in length with 15 minutes for questions.

Please email abstract submissions to the conveners:

Erica Rowan (

Daniel King (

Further details about registration and accommodation will be circulated at a later date.
Kind regards,

Erica Rowan and Daniel King

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