Maddalena Rumor F'20

Maddalena  Rumor
Visiting Assistant Professor
Classics
Case Western Reserve University

ACLS Fellowship Program 2020
Visiting Assistant Professor
Classics
Case Western Reserve University
Dreckapotheke in Ancient Mesopotamia and the Graeco-Roman World

This book project uses a novel methodology of identifying likely mistranslations of strange pharmaceutical ingredients (Dreckapotheke) to expand the current thinking about Babylonian pharmacology and our knowledge of its interrelation with Graeco-Roman medicine. With evidence obtained through original comparative analysis, it challenges the commonly-held notion that no textual parallels can be found between these two medical literatures. The results supply a new history of the socio-intellectual context within which ancient medical ideas circulated, developed, created a tradition, and eventually were transmitted. At the same time it offers additional insight into the often elusive relationship between professional and popular healing practices in the Ancient World.