What I’m listening to today: In Our Time with Melvyn Bragg, Galen

GalenWhat I’m listening to today: In Our Time with Melvyn Bragg, Galen (10 October 2013)

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Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss the Roman physician and medical theorist Galen. The most celebrated doctor in the ancient world, Galen was Greek by birth but spent most of his career in Rome, where he was personal physician to three Emperors. He was one of the most prolific authors of his age, and a sixth of all surviving ancient literature in Greek was written by him. Celebrated in his own lifetime, he was regarded as the preeminent medical authority for centuries after his death, both in the Arab world and in medieval Europe. It was only the discoveries of Renaissance science which removed Galen from his dominant position in the pantheon of medicine.

With:

Vivian Nutton
Emeritus Professor of the History of Medicine at University College London

Helen King
Professor of Classical Studies at the Open University

Caroline Petit
Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellow in Classics at the University of Warwick

Producer: Thomas Morris.

BIBILIOGRAPHIC REFERENCE

LCL 516 – GalenMethod of Medicine, Volume I: Books 1-4. Edited and translated by Ian JohnstonG. H. R. HorsleyLoeb Classical Library 516. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2011.

LCL 517 – GalenMethod of Medicine, Volume II: Books 5-9. Edited and translated by Ian JohnstonG. H. R. HorsleyLoeb Classical Library 517. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2011.

LCL 518 – GalenMethod of Medicine, Volume III: Books 10-14. Edited and translated by Ian JohnstonG. H. R. HorsleyLoeb Classical Library 518. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2011.

Wikipedia – Galen

Encyclopaedia Britannica – Galen of Pergamum

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What I’m listening to today: In Our Time with Melvyn Bragg, The Book of Common Prayer

Screen Shot 2015-01-22 at 09.06.01What I’m listening to today: In Our Time with Melvyn Bragg, The Book of Common Prayer (17 October 2013)

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Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss the Book of Common Prayer. In 1549, at the height of the English Reformation, a new prayer book was published containing versions of the liturgy in English. Generally believed to have been supervised by Thomas Cranmer, the Book of Common Prayer was at the centre of the decade of religious turmoil that followed, and disputes over its use were one of the major causes of the English Civil War in the 1640s. The book was revised several times before the celebrated final version was published in 1662. It is still in use in many churches today, and remains not just a liturgical text of great importance but a literary work of profound beauty and influence.

With:

Diarmaid MacCulloch
Professor of the History of the Church at the University of Oxford

Alexandra Walsham
Professor of Modern History at the University of Cambridge

Martin Palmer
Director of the International Consultancy on Religion, Education, and Culture

Producer: Thomas Morris.