Susan Mattern is a Distinguished Research Professor of History at UGA. Throwback Therapies is an innovative new interdisciplinary seminar series designed to entertain and enlighten any audience with interests in the origins of modern health sciences.
Mattern's most recent book is "The Prince of Medicine: Galen in the Roman Empire" (Oxford University Press 2013). It is a social-historical biography of the ancient physician Galen, a cultural icon whose works were the basis of western medicine until the Renaissance. She has also written "Galen and the Rhetoric of Healing" (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2008), an analysis of Galen’s stories about his patients and a study of his medical practice; and "Rome and the Enemy: Imperial Strategy in the Principate" (University of California, 1999).
Mattern has co-written a textbook "The Ancient Mediterranean World from the Stone Age to A.D. 600" (Oxford University Press, 2004). After a year of professional development studying social and psychology and transcultural psychiatry, she has begun publishing articles on mental disorders in antiquity. Mattern is also working on a global history of menopause.
She teaches graduate and undergraduate classes in world history and in the history of Greece, Rome, ancient Egypt, marriage, disease, medicine, women and law.
A reception will follow the talk.