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Studies on Ancient Plants

Multidisciplinary Approaches and New Perspectives

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Published on Monday, February 06, 2023


The aim of the workshop Studies on Ancient Plants: Multidisciplinary Approaches and New Perspectives is to offer an overview of the state of the art in the study of ancient plants by combining different methodologies related to various cultural settings (Mesopotamian, Egyptian, Greek, Roman, Syriac and Arabic world) and disciplines (medicine, botany, history of art and technology, experimental archaeology, etc.). 



Monday, February 13

09:15-09:30 Caterina Manco, Matteo Martelli (Bologna) Welcome and Introduction

Morning session. Chair: Gabriele Ferrario (Bologna)

  • 09:30-10:15 Pascal Luccioni (Lyon). Plant-lists and poetry in the Hellenistic Period
  • 10:15-11:15 Sean Coughlin, Diana Míčková, Heike Wilde (Prague). The antu-list reconsidered: a synoptic reading of Edfu and Athribis ingredients

11:15-11:45 Coffee Break

  • 11:45-12:30 Valérie Schram (Paris). New approach to plants identification in Greek papyrological texts from Egypt

Afternoon session. Chair: Lucia Raggetti (Bologna)

  • 14:30–15:15 Maximilian Haars (Marburg). Seven Years in Greece – the Bavarian Botanist Carl Fraas (1810– 1875) and His Interpretations of Dioscuridean Plant Names
  • 15:15–16:00 Marie Cronier (Paris). La tradition illustrative du traité Sur la matière médicale de Dioscoride (grec, arabe, latin) : unité et pluralité

16:00–16:30 Coffee Break

  • 16:30-17:15 Valérie Bonet (Aix-Marseille). Les utilisations des armoises (Artemisia L.) dans le monde gréco- romain à la lumière des connaissances chimico-médicales actuelles
  • 17:15-18:00 Angelo Gismondi (Rome) Back to the roots: searching for hidden plant records in archaeological contexts  

Tuesday, February 14

Morning session. Chair: Eduardo Escobar (Bologna)

  • 09:15–10:00 Maddalena Rumor (Cleveland). The Study of Plants in Mesopotamian Scholarship
  • 10:00–10:45 Mark Geller (London). Akkadian drug names in Syriac?

10:45–11:15 Coffee Break

  • 11:15–12:00 Robert Hawley (Paris). Semitic plant names in diachronic perspective: a few case studies
  • 12:00–12:30 Caterina Manco, Matteo Martelli (Bologna). Closing remarks


Università di Bologna, Via Zamboni, 38 Dipartimento di Filosofia e Comunicazione, Aula Mondolfo 

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  • Caterina Manco:
  • Matteo Martelli:


  • Aula Mondolfo - Via Zamboni, 38
    Bologna, Italian Republic (40126)

Event attendance modalities

Hybrid event (on site and online)


  • Monday, February 13, 2023
  • Tuesday, February 14, 2023

Attached files


  • Plants identification, plants, Dioscorides


  • Caterina Manco
    courriel : caterina [dot] manco2 [at] unibo [dot] it

Information source

  • Caterina Manco
    courriel : caterina [dot] manco2 [at] unibo [dot] it


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