DSBcB26 Health, Lifestyle and Medicine in Antiquity

Faculty of Arts
Autumn 2022
Extent and Intensity
2/0/0. 4 credit(s). Type of Completion: z (credit).
Taught in person.
PhDr. Bc. Jiří Kouřil, M.Sc., Ph.D. et Ph.D. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
PhDr. Bc. Jiří Kouřil, M.Sc., Ph.D. et Ph.D.
Department of Classical Studies – Faculty of Arts
Contact Person: Jitka Erlebachová
Supplier department: Department of Classical Studies – Faculty of Arts
each odd Monday 18:00–19:40 C11, except Mon 10. 10., except Mon 24. 10.
! DSBcB026 Health in Antiquity
Basic knowledge of the history of the ancient world
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is also offered to the students of the fields other than those the course is directly associated with.
The capacity limit for the course is 115 student(s).
Current registration and enrolment status: enrolled: 56/115, only registered: 0/115, only registered with preference (fields directly associated with the programme): 0/115
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
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Course objectives
The course focuses on medicine, health and lifestyle in the antiquity. The aim of the subject is to acquaint the students with the view of medicine and health in the Graeco-Roman antiquity and in the states of old-oriental type. Further on the acquaint the students with lifestyle in selected states and with the type of ideal lifestyle in the antiquity on basis of comparison with the ideal lifestyle of present.
Learning outcomes
After successful completion of the course, the student will be able to:
- compare ancient medicine with the present,
- understand the significance of the ancient medicine and the look at health for our present world,
- take advice for their own lifestyle and to know what was and is beneficial to human health,
- understand some specialist terms,
- understand significance of some men (Hippokratés, Galénos, ...) and cultures with their views on the health, lifestyle and treatment of patients,
- not to look back on ancient medicine as something behind the times,
- orientate in the primary sources and specialist literature dealing with this topic.
  • Medicine and Health in Egypt
  • Medicine and Health in Mesopotamia
  • Medicine and Health in Eastern civilizations
  • Medicine and Health in Greece
  • Medicine and Health in Rome
  • Ancient psychology
  • Lifestyle in Sparta
  • Lifestyle in selected states of the Old-Oriental type
  • View at the ideal lifestyle in antiquity
  • View at the ideal lifestyle in present with an expert and comparison with antiquity
    required literature
  • Galen, on food and diet. Edited by Galen - Mark Grant. New York: Routledge, 2000, ix, 214 p. ISBN 0415232333. info
  • GALÉNOS. Galen : on problematical movements. Edited by Gerrit Bos - Vivian Nutton. 1st pub. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011, x, 404. ISBN 9780521115490. info
  • GALEN. On the natural faculties (Přít.) : Hippocratic writings. Translated by Arthur John Brock. S. 163-215. info
  • HIPPOKRATES. Aforismy. Prognostikon. O vzduchu, vodách a místech. Translated by OSchrutz. Praha: Alberta, 1993, 111 s. info
  • HIPPOCRATES. O vzduchu, vodách a místech (Překl.) : De aere, aquiset et locis (Přít.). info
  • HIPPOKRATÉS. On ancient medicine. Translated by Mark John Schiefsky. Leiden: Brill, 2005, xi, 415. ISBN 9004137580. info
  • Hippocrates, On the art of medicine. Edited by Joel Eryn Mann - Hippocrates. Boston: Brill, 2012, x, 279 p. ISBN 9789004224292. info
  • HIPPOKRATÉS. Vybrané spisy. Edited by Sylva Fischerová, Translated by Hynek Bartoš. První vydání. Praha: Oikoymenh, 2012, 604 stran. ISBN 9788072983926. info
  • STROUHAL, Eugen, Břetislav VACHALA and Hana VYMAZALOVÁ. Lékařství starých Egypťanů. Vydání 1. Praha: Academia, 2017, 374 stran. ISBN 9788020026897. info
  • NUTTON, Vivian. Ancient medicine. London: Routledge, 2005, xiii, 486. ISBN 0415368480. info
  • PORTER, Roy. Dějiny medicíny : od starověku po současnost. Translated by Jaroslav Hořejší. V českém jazyce vyd. 2. Praha: Prostor, 2013, 809 s. ISBN 9788072602872. info
  • STROUHAL, Eugen, Břetislav VACHALA and Hana VYMAZALOVÁ. Lékařství starých Egypťanů. Vyd. 1. Praha: Academia, 2010, 239 s. ISBN 9788020018656. info
    recommended literature
  • OLIVOVÁ, Věra. Lidé a hry : historická geneze sportu. 1. vyd. Praha: Olympia, 1979, 604 s. URL info
  • PAUSANIAS. Cesta po Řecku. Vyd. 1. Praha: Svoboda, 1973, 581 s. URL info
  • OLIVOVÁ, Věra. Sport a hry ve starověkém světě. V Praze: Artia, 1988, 207 stran. URL info
  • PAUSANIAS. Cesta po Řecku. 1. vyd. Praha: Svoboda, 1974, 428 s. URL info
  • CARTLEDGE, Paul. Sparta : heroická historie. Translated by Jarka Stuchlíková. Vyd. 1. Praha: Academia, 2012, 277 s. ISBN 9788020020796. info
  • SÁBL, Václav. Hrdinové antických olympiád. První vydání. Praha: Olympia, 1968, 398 stran. info
  • JUNAS, Ján and Mária BOKESOVÁ-UHEROVÁ. Dejiny medicíny a zdravotníctva. 1. vyd. Martin: Osveta, 1985, 562 s. info
  • SÁBL, Václav. Od Olympie k Římu 1960 : z dějin olympijských her. Vyd. 1. Praha: Sportovní a turistické nakladatelství, 1960, 351 s. URL info
  • STROUHAL, Eugen and Ladislava HORÁČKOVÁ. A Trauma of Cervical Spine Described in the Edwin Smith Papyrus Found in a Ptolemaic Tomb at Saqqaral. In Etudes et Travaux XXI. XXI. Warszawa: Centre D'Archeologie Mediterraneenne de L'Academie Polonaises des Sciences, 2007, p. 129-137. Centre D'Archeologie Mediterraneenne de L'Academie. ISBN 978-83-922319-1-2. info
  • The unknown Galen. Edited by Vivian Nutton. London: Institute of Classical Studies, School of Advanced study, University of London, 2002, viii, 179. ISBN 0900587881. info
Teaching methods
Lecture, discussion.
Assessment methods
A collective discourse, a test.
Language of instruction
Further Comments
Study Materials
The course is taught annually.
The course is also listed under the following terms Autumn 2019, Autumn 2020, Autumn 2021.
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