Continuing research on the Syriac Galen Palimpsest: Collaborative Implementation within the Framework of Two European Projects

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  • External authors:
  • Corneliu Arsene
  • Siam Bhayro
  • Irene Calà
  • Jimmy Daccache
  • Robert Hawley


This article presents an update on the collaborative research recently devoted to the spectral imaging, reading, and study of the so-called “Syriac Galen Palimpsest” (or “SGP”), of which the undertext contains a difficult-to-read but important witness to an early (6th-century) Syriac translation of Galen’s treatise On simple drugs by Sergius of Rēš 'Aynā. Important recent developments include a large number of new bifolia identifications, many of which were made possible thanks to collaboration between two on-going European projects: the ERC “Floriental” project at the CNRS (UMR 8167 Orient & Méditerranée) in Paris, and the AHRC project “Syriac Galen Palimpsest” at the University of Manchester.

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)261-268
Number of pages8
JournalSemitica et Classica
Early online date10 Mar 2017
Publication statusPublished - 2017

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