Final piece in our Ancient Medicine Forum: “Medicine, Health Care Studies, and the Field of Late Antiquity”
Marx: “When I was still in my doctoral program in History at the University of California at Santa Barbara, I was asked to teach a course that was cross-listed between History and Environmental Studies. It was a course on pre-modern science. I taught everything from the pre-Socratic philosophers to the Copernican Revolution, incorporating a lot of material from ancient and medieval medicine into the course. I found myself so engaged by these topics that I was determined to turn my attention to medicine in the late ancient world after finishing with my first monograph. It seems that over the past few years, many scholars in early Christianity and late antiquity have made a similar decision.”
Book Note: L. Stephanie Cobb. Divine Deliverance: Pain and Painlessness in Early Christian Martyr Texts. Oakland: University of California Press, 2017.
Russell: “Cobb argues that the texts should be read as miracle stories, downplaying not only the historical veracity of the events narrated but even the claim of historical verisimilitude in the accounts of the martyrs’ executions. In this way, the texts are able to present the martyrs as individuals so shielded by divine protection that the experiences most naturally associated with excruciating pain—torture and violent death—are unexpectedly free from pain. From the outset Cobb is clear about her intentions: she is not making claims about the historical experiences of real martyrs regarding bodily pain. Her interest lies in the literary construction of martyrs’ bodies and the ways the issue of pain is addressed with respect to the textual bodies of the martyrs.”
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Ever wonder how Judaism fared over the watershed between late antiquity and early Islam? pic.twitter.com/vTUam9aYpK— Marina Rustow (@mrustow) 31 October 2017