Euphronius Krater: Hermes Psychopompus
 
I am interested in ancient Greek and Roman medicine, philosophy, and intellectual history with a focus on the appropriation of philosophical theory and polemic to medical debates of the Hellenistic period and second century CE. I also have a long standing interest in Aristotelian accounts of how bodies are animate, also known as Aristotelian psychology.
 
My research focuses on Galen of Pergamum (129-216 CE). I am especially concerned with Galen's use of medicine to engage with contemporary and antecedent rival theorists on points of second century philosophical controversy. I am currently at work on a book on Galen's appropriation of Peripatetic accounts of animal anatomy in his arguments against cardiocentrists of his day, including Peripatetics themselves. It argues that Galen's technical prose should be read through the lens of intellectual polemic by showing the argumentative role that anatomical displays of exotic animals play in his treatise De Anatomicis Administrationibus
 
I'm writing an article about prehension as an important criterion for analogical claims about human and animal structures in ancient anatomists. I am also working on an article on Galen's use of Rufus of Ephesus as a source for his experiments on volition and the voice. I argue that Rufus' work lies at the base of Galen's claims about the recurrent laryngeal nerve. Since these claims themselves play a crucial role in Galen's views on physiology and volition and Galen at least tacitly figures himself as their discoverer, Rufus' work stands to shed light on Galen's argumentative tactics. This piece lays the foundation for a larger work on Galen's use of his intellectual antecedents in his arguments over the second century debate on the hegemonikon, the control center of the body. 
 

 

Luis Alejandro Salas

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