The next Warburg Institute imprint book to be published as part of our Colloquia series titled Pseudo-Galenica: The Formulation of the Galenic Corpus from Antiquity to the Renaissance, edited by Caroline Petit, Simon Swain, and Klaus-Dietrich Fischer, is now available to purchase.
The works of Galen of Pergamum (c. 129-216 CE) were fundamental in the shaping of medicine, philosophy and neighbouring areas of knowledge, from antiquity through to the middle ages and early modern times, across a variety of languages and cultures. Yet, as early as Galen's own lifetime, spurious treatises crept into the body of his authentic works, in spite of his best efforts to provide the public with a catalogue of his own production (De libris propriis). For centuries, readers have used a fluid body of Galenic works, shaped by changing intellectual frameworks and social-cultural contexts. Several inauthentic works have enjoyed remarkable popularity. But this has had consequences in modern scholarship. The current reference edition (Kühn, 1821-1833) fails to distinguish clearly between authentic and inauthentic texts; many works lack any critical study, which makes navigating the corpus unusually difficult.
This volume, arising from a conference held in 2015 at the Warburg Institute and funded by the Wellcome Trust, will provide much-needed clarification about the boundaries of the Galenic corpus, identifying and analysing the works that do not genuinely belong to Galen's production.
The books in our Colloquia series represent the published proceedings of Warburg Institute conferences. Each volume consists mainly or entirely of papers presented at a Warburg conference, then developed and reworked by their authors in communication with the editor(s).
Price £46.80 (not including postage and packaging)