The Syriac Galen Palimpsest: Research Methods and Latest Discoveries

Naima Afif, Siam Bhayro, Peter Pormann, W I Sellers, Natalia Smelova

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In this article, we provide an update on the progress of the AHRC-funded Syriac
Galen Palimpsest Project, which is directed by Peter E. Pormann at the University
of Manchester. We also present a newly identified folio from Book 3 of Galen’s On
Simple Drugs—a book hitherto not known to be represented in the manuscript. We
offer some preliminary conclusions about the original medical manuscript’s codicological structure, particularly the composition of its quires and the sequence of hair and flesh sides of parchment. Finally, we outline our approach to analysing the undertext’s palaeography, with reference to the methodology devised by Ayda Kalpan.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5-16
Number of pages12
JournalComparative Oriental Manuscript Studies Bulletin
Publication statusPublished - 19 Dec 2016


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