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Animals and the Environment in Ancient Mediterranean Medicine Conference

July 5-6, 2023

University of Exeter and online

This conference explores animals as both objects of ancient medical and scientific endeavour and as subjects in their own right within their wider environmental context. It responds to recent calls for sustained dialogue between medical history (human and veterinary) and the burgeoning field of human-animal history. Classical studies have broadly embraced the animal turn but with little focus on medicine so far.

The aim here is to develop a richer, more wide-ranging account of animals within the ancient history of human/veterinary medicine alongside, and in conversation with, similar developments for later historical periods, and to reflect on the connections drawn in antiquity between humans, animals, and their environment, from a perspective of health, disease and wider well-being.

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Contact Professor Rebecca Flemming if you have any questions: