Helen King

Friday, January 11, 2019 - 18:00 to 19:00
Netherlands Institute at Athens, Makri 11
Event Description: 

Helen King (Professor Emerita, Open University UK), "Managing blood, controlling bodies: women’s health in ancient Greece"

The medicine of the Hippocratic Corpus presents the female body as dominated either by the womb or by the blood accumulated in its spongy flesh. Despite women’s stated difference from men, their bodies were essential to the formation and nourishment of the next generation. This lecture raises the question of how these different models coexisted and in how far women were imagined as active agents in managing their health both in medical and religious healing.