Conference: “Medical Understandings of Emotions in Antiquity”.

Crete/Patras Ancient Emotions II Conference
“Medical Understandings of Emotions in Antiquity”
University of Patras, December 8-10, 2017

The conference ‘Medical Understanding of Emotions in Antiquity’ could be of interest to H-madness readers who wish to explore the study of emotions in the ancient Graeco-Roman world, especially with reference to medicine and the medical approach to the experience of emotional disturbance. This meeting addresses both the interpretation of strong emotions offered by the ancient physicians, such as anger; and the emotions associated with illness, recovery and the condition of being a patient (such as fear, hope and shame).

The conference has no registration fee, but, if you wish to attend, please contact jointly George Kazantzidis ( and Dimos Spatharas (

Provisional Programme


14:00 – 15:00: Registration -Refreshments
15:00 – 15:10: Welcome speech

Introduction: 15:10-15:30
George Kazantzidis and Dimos Spatharas

Session I: 15:30-17:15

-Elizabeth Craik (U. of St Andrews) “The Doctor’s Dilemma: Addressing Irrational Fear”
-Jennifer Clarke Kosak (Bowdoin College) “Fear, Shame, and Concealment in the Hippocratic Corpus”
-Chiara Thumiger (U. of Warwick) “Shame and Shamefulness in Ancient Medicine”

Coffee break

Session II 17:35-18:45

-Maria Michela Sassi (U. of Pisa) “Thematizing Emotions: Between Philosophy and Medicine”
-Spyridon Rangos (U. of Patras) “Wonder and Perplexity across Medicine and Philosophy in Ancient Greece”



Session III 10:oo-11:10

-Teun Tieleman (Utrecht U.) “The Stoic Philosopher Posidonius and Greco-Roman Medical Tradition”
-Margaret Graver (Dartmouth) “Flat Affect”

Coffee break

Session IV 11:40-12.50

-Fabio Stok (University of Rome Tor Vergata) “Emotions, Soul, and Body in the Medicine of Cornelius Celsus”
-George Kazantzidis, “Anti-humoralism and Emotions in 1st century AD Medicine”


Session V 15:00-16.10

-Amber Porter (U. of Calgary, Canada) “‘The Great Misfortune of the Physician’: Empathy and Compassion in the Writings of Aretaeus of Cappadocia”
-Susan Mattern (U. of Georgia) “The Atlas Patient: Fear and Psychosis in Galen and Ancient Greek Medicine”

Coffee break

Session VI 16:40-17:50

-Daniel King (U. of Exeter) “Am I Going to Make It Doctor? Hope and Despair in Imperial Greek Medicine”
-Alexia Petsalis-Diomidis (Corpus Christi, U. of Oxford) “Mind, Body Parts, and the Experience of Illness in Aelius Aristides’ Hieroi Logoi and Votive



Session VII 10:00-11:45

-Peter Singer (Birkbeck, University of London) “What is a Pathos? Where Medicine Meets Philosophy”
-David Kaufman (Transylvania U.) “Galen on the Apatheia/Metriopatheia Debate”
-Julia Trompeter (Utrecht U.) “Moderation cum Eradication: Emotions in Galen’s Moral Psychology”

Coffee break

Session VIII 12:15-13:25

-Maria Vamvouri-Ruffy (Université de Lausanne) “Emotions as Symptoms of Vices and Diseases in Plutarch’s Lives”
-Dimos Spatharas (U. of Crete) “Conceptualizing Emotions through Disease Metaphors”

Conclusions 13:25-13:40

Conference venue: Library and Information Centre, University of Patras

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