The Syriac Galen Palimpsest: Uncovering the Hidden Text by Means of Technology, Codicology and Philology

Starts: 12:00 6 déc. 2016
Ends: 13:00 6 déc. 2016
What is it: Forum
Organiser: John Rylands Research Institute
Who is it for: University staff, Adults, Alumni, Current University students, General public
Speaker: Dr Naima Afif , Dr Natalia Smelova

This talk will present the progress and interim results of the Syriac Galen Palimpsest (SGP) Project implemented at the University of Manchester since September 2015. The SGP is a bound manuscript kept in a private collection in the US. It currently consists of 226 parchment leaves and is a palimpsest throughout, i.e. contains traces of undertext washed off to allow writing the overtext above it. Both texts are written in Syriac, the overtext is an example of a Melkite (Rum Orthodox) liturgical book, while the undertext is a Syriac translation of Galen’s treatise “On simple drugs” produced in the 6th century by a West Syrian scholar Sergius of Resh ‘Aina. Natalia and Naima will discuss the problems, which scholars encounter when approaching this type of material, the typical methodology and the benefits of using advanced imaging techniques, which allow substantial improvement to the readability of the undertext.