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Dr Aileen Das

Assistant Professor of Mediterranean Studies, Department of Classical Studies

Classical Studies, University of Michigan, 2160 Angell Hall, Ann Arbor, MI Email:


Philosophy and medicine in classical antiquity and the medieval Islamicate world, ancient and medieval conceptions of disciplinarity


• 2010–2013: PhD in Classics, University of Warwick

• 2008–2009: MA in Classics, University of Wisconsin at Madison

• 2004–2008: BA in Latin and Greek with a Latin emphasis, awarded with highest distinction, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


  • Present: Assistant Professor of Mediterranean Studies, Department of Classical Studies, University of Michigan

  • January–April 2015: Research Associate on the ERC funded project “Arabic Commentaries on Hippocrates’ Aphorisms”, University of Manchester


  • 2014-2015: BA/Leverhulme Small Research Grant (£4,030)

  • 2014–2015: Frances A. Yates Short-term Fellowship, Warburg Institute (£4,800)

  • October 2013–July 2014: IAS Early Career Fellowship at the University of Warwick (£5,710)

  • Fall 2010–2013: Warwick Postgraduate Research Scholarship (£52k)

  • Fall 2012: Humanities Research Fund (£500)

  • Fall 2011: Humanities Research Fund (£400)



  • Galen and the Arabic Traditions of Plato’s Timaeus, Cambridge University Press (under consideration)

Journal Articles

  • ‘Reevaluating the Authenticity of the Fragments from Galen’s On the Medical Statements in Plato’s Timaeus (Scorialensis Graec. Φ-III-11, ff. 123r–126v), Zeitschrift für Papyrologie und Epigraphik (in press).

  • ‘Ibn Riḍwān and the pseudo-Galenic commentary On Hippocrates’ ‘Sevens’’, Journal for the Intellectual History of the Islamicate World, special issue edited by L. Chipman, P. E. Pormann, M. Shefer-Mossensohn (forthcoming).

  • ‘Maximianus Medicus: Greek Medical Theory and the Greek Girl’s “Gravior Morbus” (El. 5.108)’, with Dr Ian Fielding, Philologus (2015).

  • Textual Note on Paul of Aegina, Pragmateia 6.88ʼ, Classical Quarterly 64.2 (2014) 867–9.

Chapters in Edited Volumes

  • ‘Beyond the Disciplines of Medicine and Philosophy: Greek and Arabic Thinkers on the Nature of Plant Life’, in P. Adamson and P. E. Pormann (eds.), Philosophy and Medicine in the Islamic World. (London: Warburg Institute Press) (forthcoming).

  • ‘Works attributed to Plutarch in the medieval Arabic traditions’, with Dr Pauline Koetschet, in S. Xenophontos and K. Oikonomopoulou (eds.), The Brill Companion to the Reception of Plutarch (contracted).

Dictionary and Encyclopaedia Entries

  • Entries on ‘Medicineʼ, ‘Surgeryʼ, ‘Cassius Felixʼ, and ‘Helvius Vindicianusʼ, in Oliver Nicholson and Mark Humphries (eds.), Oxford Dictionary of Late Antiquity (forthcoming).

  • Chapters on ‘Ophthalmology’ and ‘Gynaecology’, P. E. Pormann (ed.), 1001 Cures: Medicine in the pre-modern Middle East (forthcoming).

Book Reviews

  • Hayes, Evan and Stephen Nimis, Galen Three treatises: On my own books, On the order of my own books, and That the best physician is also a philosopher. An intermediate Greek reader. Oxford, OH: Faenum Publishing, 2014. Bryn Mawr Classical Review (13 August 2014).

  • Stefano Valente, I Lessici a Platone di Timeo Sofista e Pseudo-Didimo: Introduzione ed Edizione Critica. Berlin and Boston: De Gruyter. The Classical Review 63.2 (2013) 398–400.

  • Leigh Chipman, The World of Pharmacy and Pharmacists in Mamlūk Cairo. Leiden: Brill, 2010. Social History of Medicine 25.1 (February 2012), 566–7.


  • PhD: Galen and the Arabic Traditions of Plato’s Timaeus.

This survey of the Arabic traditions of Plato’s Timaeus in the ninth to thirteenth centuries shows how Galen of Pergamum helped to broaden the dialogue’s application to fields of learning besides philosophy, such as medicine, poetics, and theology.

Supervisors: Prof. Peter E. Pormann (Manchester) and Dr. Maude Vanhaelen (Warwick).

Examiners: Prof. Peter Adamson (LMU München) and Prof. Mark Schiefsky (Harvard).

  • MA: Vision and Sexual Asymmetry in Klitophon and Leukippe and in the Aithiopika.

Supervisor: Prof. Silvia Montiglio (Johns Hopkins)

Examiners: Prof. Laura McClure (Wisconsin-Madison) and Dr. William Aylward (Wisconsin-Madison).

  • May 2015: ‘A Prolegomenon to a study of On Hippocrates’ ‘Sevens’, conference on ‘Pseudo-Galenic Texts and the Formation of the Galenic Corpus’, at the Warburg Institute, London, UK.

  • March 2013: ‘The Timaeus in ar-Rāzī's Comprehensive Bookʼ, conference on ‘Philosophy and Medicine in the Islamic Worldʼ at the Warburg Institute, London, UK.

  • November 2012: ‘Galen's Timaeus as Medical Text in ar-Rāzī's Comprehensive Bookʼ, conference on ‘Galen in the Arabic and Hebrew Traditionsʼ at Bar Ilan University, Ṣafad, Israel.


  • January 2013: ‘Rewriting the Demiurge: Galen's Synopis of Timaeus and Ex Nihilo Creationʼ, 144th Meeting of the American Philological Association, Seattle, WA.

  • May 2012: ‘The Arabic Translation of Galen's Synopsis of Plato’s Timaeusʼ, conference on ‘Translations in Greek, Arabic and Latin: Medicine and Sciences, Philosophy and Literatureʼ, Cairo, Egypt.

  • January 2012: ‘The Understanding of Uterine Suffocation in Plato, Galen, and ar-Rāzīʼ, 143rd Meeting of the American Philological Association, Philadelphia, PA.

  • August 2011: ‘Plato and Galen on the Ensouled Plant: Plat.Tim. 3.2ʼ, Approaches to Ancient Medicine, Exeter, UK.

  • September 2010: ‘Adaptation and Transmission: the Success of the Medical Handbook,ʼ conference on the ‘Texts of the Medical Profession in Antiquity: Genres and Purposesʼ, Oslo, Norway.


University of Warwick

  • Fall 2013–Spring 2014: I was responsible for the Greek language section for the module Sexuality and Gender in Antiquity, which covered The Homeric Hymn to Aphrodite; Apollodorus, Against Neaira; Plato, Symposium; and Aeschines, Against Timarchus.

  • Spring 2013: I convened the Greek language section of the Classics taught-MA course. Texts covered include: Pausanias, Description of Greece; Anthologia Palatina; and Libanius, Orations.

  • Fall 2011–Spring 2013: Through the Centre for the Study of the Renaissance, I held the seminar Latin for Research in the Humanities, which reviews Classical Latin grammar and focusses on post-Classical Latin texts.

University of Wisconsin at Madison

  • Fall 2009: Classics 320: Civilization of Ancient Greece. Texts covered in translation include: Homer, the Odyssey; Hesiod, Theogony and Works and Days; Aeschylus, Oresteia; Eurpides, Medea; Aristophanes, Lysistrata and Clouds; and Plato, Symposium.

  • Fall 2008–Spring 2009: Latin 103 and Latin 104, elementary Latin language courses.

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