Cracking Bones, Gnawing Flesh, and Pondering Hearts: Body, Mind, and Medicine in Ancient Mesopotamia

Date: 

Tuesday, September 19, 2017, 6:00pm

Location: 

Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford Street

"Cracking Bones, Gnawing Flesh, and Pondering Hearts: Body, Mind, and Medicine in Ancient Mesopotamia" lecture

Ulrike Steinert, Research Associate, Babylonian Medicine, Department of History and Cultural Studies, Freie Universität Berlin

The human body has not changed significantly during recorded history–we share sensory faculties, metabolism, sexuality, aging, and mortality with even our distant ancestors. Concepts of body and self, on the other hand, evolve as cultural and historical constructs that vary widely between time and place. Drawing upon ancient texts and visual representations, Ulrike Steinert will discuss how categories of “body” and “mind” were construed in Mesopotamia more than three thousand years ago and will consider social aspects of the body at the intersection of cultural norms, ideals, and gender.

Lecture. Free and open to the public

Free parking is available at the 52 Oxford Street Garage.

Presented in collaboration with the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, Harvard University

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