Prof. Dr. Mark Geller „Who controls the narrative? ‘Religion’ vs ’Science' in Babylonian medicine“


Am 28. Oktober 2021 hält Prof. Dr. Mark Geller im Rahmen seiner ZAZH-Gastdozentur eine Lecture zum Thema „Who controls the narrative?  ‘Religion’ vs ’Science' in Babylonian medicine*.


Debates regarding the respective roles in antiquity of 'magic' (swayed by religion) and 'medicine' (swayed by non-divine causation) remain largely unresolved. Within Babylonian healing therapies, the activities of the ashipu-exorcist and asû-physician appear to reflect similar kinds of treatments and remedies, which can include recitations, medical-rituals, apothecary-prescriptions, invasive procedures, diagnosis, and prognosis. Nevertheless, ancient Babylonian scholarship made clear distinctions between the disciplines of magic and medicine and catalogued numerous texts belonging to each category separately. The present lecture attempts to find out what motivated these medical-magical narratives, which are often considered contradictory, occasionally overlapping, and always incomplete.


Wann: Donnerstag, 28. Oktober 2021, 18:15 Uhr
Wo: KOL-E-18, Rämistrasse 71, 8006 Zürich 



Prof. Dr. Merle Eisenberg „Pandemics as Historical Actors from the Ancient World to Covid-19“

Am 18. November hält Dr. Merle Eisenberg im Rahmen seiner ZAZH-Gastdozentur  eine ZAZH-Lecture zum Thema „Pandemics as Historical Actors from the Ancient World to Covid-19“.

Wann: Donnerstag, 18. November 2021, 18:15 Uhr
Wo: RAA-G-01, Rämistrasse 59, 8001 Zürich




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