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Rita Copeland, Department Chair
Emily Wilson, Graduate Chair, Classical Studies
Cam Grey, Graduate Chair, Ancient History
James Ker, Undergraduate Chair
Julie Nishimura-Jensen, Director, Post-Baccalaureate Program

Celebrating the Centaury: or How Ancient Wisdom Was Forgotten

Vivian Nutton - University College London

Among the treatises attributed to Galen is a short pharmacological text on the centaury. Although it was the first ancient medical text to be printed in Latin translation, in 1473, it was quickly seen as spurious and disappeared from view for more than half a millennium. The unique survivor of an ancient genre, it raises wider questions about the ways in which ancient texts were preserved from Antiquity and then forgotten because of their pseudonymity.

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