Taught course

Disease and Therapy

National and Kapodistrian University of Athens · National and Kapodistrian University of Athens

Entry requirements

The programme is addressed not only to students of Archaeology but also to the broader public, especially those with a particular interest in prehistoric/protohistoric times in broader eastern Mediterranean area.

Months of entry

September, February

Course content

This programme addresses the issue of health and the medical and other therapeutical practices in the east Mediterranean during later Prehistory, namely the 3rd and 2nd millennium BC.

The main sources, from which knowledge regarding the health conditions of any given population in prehistoric times derives, are the study of the skeletal remains, the archaeological finds and the textual evidence.

Programme Description

Lesson 1: Egyptian medicine
In this lesson the case of Egyptian medicine will be examined.

Lesson 2: The performance: physicians – magicians - Mesopotamia- Diseases mentioned in Mesopotamian Texts
In this lesson the case of Egypt is further analyzed (physicians – magicians) as well as the area of Messopotamia.

Lesson 3: Rare diseases-Aegean cultures - Remedies -Peak Sanctuaries
In this lesson rare diseases of the era will be discussed as well as Aegean cultures, remedies and peak sanctuaries of the broader Aegean area.

Lesson 4: Skeletal remains
Finally, findings from the study of skeletal remains in broader Aegean area will be presented.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Qualification and course duration


distance learning
1 months

Course contact details

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