IMC 2017: Sessions

Session 1040: Food and Medicine in the Mediterranean World: Indigenous and Introduced Species - Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages, I

Wednesday 5 July 2017, 09.00-10.30

Sponsor:Institute for the Preservation of Medical Traditions, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC / Waldemar Ceran Research Centre for the History & Culture of the Mediterranean Area & South-East Europe Ceraneum, Łódź
Organiser:Maciej Kokoszko, Department of Byzantine History, University of Łódź
Moderator/Chair:Maciej Kokoszko, Department of Byzantine History, University of Łódź
Paper 1040-aInfant Feeding Practices: Ancient and Byzantine Sources Meet Archaeological Science
(Language: English)
Maciej Kokoszko, Department of Byzantine History, University of Łódź
Chryssi Bourbou, Ephorate of Antiquities of Chania, Hellenic Ministry of Culture, Athens / Institute du monde antique et byzantine, Université de Fribourg
Index terms: Anthropology, Archaeology - General, Daily Life, Medicine
Paper 1040-bButter of the Greeks and the Byzantines: The Testimony of Late Antique and Byzantine Medical Sources
(Language: English)
Zofia Rzeźnicka, Waldemar Ceran Research Centre for the History & Culture of the Mediterranean Area & South-East Europe, University of Łódź
Index terms: Daily Life, Language and Literature - Greek, Medicine
Paper 1040-cBeet (Beta Vulgaris L.) in Ancient and Early Byzantine Medical Writings
(Language: English)
Krzysztof Jagusiak, Waldemar Ceran Research Centre for the History & Culture of the Mediterranean Area & South-East Europe, University of Łódź
Index terms: Daily Life, Language and Literature - Greek, Medicine
Abstract

The planned session aims to investigate the interconnections between food and medicine in the Mediterranean World from Late Antiquity to the Early Middle Ages. It will focus on four major lines of inquiry: 1. tracing the interplay between native and introduced botanical species used as
foodstuffs and medicines; 2. the transmission of information; 3. the technologies used to transform raw material into final culinary or medicinal products; 4. the role of culinary and medicinal traditions in the shaping of the European identity. The participants of the session will approach the problem from both the traditional and modern medical perspective, and aim at a transdisciplinary, transcultural, and transperiod approach.