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Being an ancient historian in the internet age: challenging fake news

  • Helen King
Thursday 12 September 2019
University Library
Witte Singel 27
2311 BG Leiden
Vossius Conference Room, (South Hall, second floor).

Helen King is a Pofessor Emerita of Classical Studies. She is specialized in ancient medicine, reception of ancient medicine and gender and the history of the body. For a full biography, please refer to http://www.open.ac.uk/people/hk2455

Abstract: Most people’s engagement with our subject today comes not from scholarly or popular print publications, but from the internet. In this paper I shall explore some of the images of Hippocrates which are currently shared in different online communities and in particular the way these play out in news media. My aim is not so much to entertain, by sharing some of the claims for missing treatises and modern insights attributed to Hippocrates, as to ask how we as a scholarly community can best improve the internet literacy of our widest audiences.

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