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Anatomy in Ancient Greece and Rome: An Interactive Visual and Textual Atlas

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 852550

Status

Grant agreement signed

  • Start date

    1 September 2020

  • End date

    31 August 2025

Funded under:

H2020-EU.1.1.

  • Overall budget:

    € 1 498 205

  • EU contribution

    € 1 498 205

Hosted by:

THE HEBREW UNIVERSITY OF JERUSALEM

Israel

Objective

ATLOMY sets out to break through the textual boundary of ancient anatomical writings and produce a groundbreaking integrative atlas of Greco-Roman anatomical ideas, terminology, and research. Its historical scope will stretch from the Classical period to the High-Roman Empire – from our earliest extant Greek medical works to the pinnacle of Greco-Roman medical and anatomical research. It will focus on the authors whose works and ideas had the most long-lasting formative role in the history of anatomy and biology: key medical writers of the fifth to the third centuries BCE (e.g. Hippocratic authors and the Alexandrian anatomists); Aristotle (fourth century BCE); and Galen of Pergamum (second century CE). Based on rigorous philological and historical analyses of the sources, ATLOMY’s team of classicists, historians, modern anatomists, digital artist, and software developer, will create a long-desired lexicon of ancient anatomical terms, re-enact ancient anatomical dissections, and develop a high-end, digital visual atlas presenting three-dimensional reconstructions of the body as perceived by the different authors. Based on the novel results of these analytical, empirical, and digital clusters of research, we shall compose in-depth interpretive studies of anatomical theories and research in ancient Greece and Rome. This integrative visual and textual map and analysis will substantially advance our understanding of ancient ideas of the body and of empirical methods of scientific research in ancient times. Moreover, it will enable the growing audience of Greco-Roman medical and philosophical writings to engage with these sources in a deeper and more informed manner, thus enhancing studies in related fields. More broadly, ATLOMY will offer a tight-knit interdisciplinary heuristic model for the study of the history of science, one which offers means for bridging the disciplinary gap between historians and classicists and the natural scientists whose works we study.
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Host institution

THE HEBREW UNIVERSITY OF JERUSALEM

Address

Edmond J Safra Campus Givat Ram
91904 Jerusalem

Israel

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 1 498 205

Beneficiaries (1)

THE HEBREW UNIVERSITY OF JERUSALEM

Israel

EU Contribution

€ 1 498 205

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 852550

Status

Grant agreement signed

  • Start date

    1 September 2020

  • End date

    31 August 2025

Funded under:

H2020-EU.1.1.

  • Overall budget:

    € 1 498 205

  • EU contribution

    € 1 498 205

Hosted by:

THE HEBREW UNIVERSITY OF JERUSALEM

Israel