Dr. Aileen Das received her BA in Latin and Greek language and literature from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, in 2008, her MA in Classics from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, in 2009, and her PhD in Classics from the University of Warwick in 2013.
As an intellectual historian with training in Classics, Dr. Das is interested in how Greco-Roman and medieval Islamicate authors articulate categories of knowledge such as ‘medicine’, ‘philosophy’, and ‘science’. Her current research examines the concept of disciplinarity, especially the ways in which boundaries are drawn between disciplines in contests for epistemic authority. She is currently completing a monograph, Galen and the Arabic Reception of Plato’s Timaeus (Cambridge University Press, under contract), that looks at the polemical use of Plato’s cosmological dialogue by the Greek doctor Galen of Pergamum (d. c. 217) to contest philosophy’s exclusive right to define, describe, and explain the different domains of reality. She argues that, in so doing, Galen sets out to establish medicine as a reliable authority on not only the body but also the soul and the wider cosmos. Moreover, this study shows that Galen’s engagement with the Timaeus became a touchstone for Islamicate thinkers’ own disciplinary agendas. Her second project (The Art in Brief: Time and Exegesis in Greco-Roman and Islamicate Medicine) looks at the role of brevity in scientific discourse, particularly how Greek and Arabic epitomatory writings claim to compress all of the art of medicine into a few set truths.
Galen and the Arabic Traditions of Plato’s Timaeus, Cambridge University Press (under consideration)
‘Reevaluating the Authenticity of the Fragments from Galen’s On the Medical Statements in Plato’s Timaeus (Scorialensis Graec. Φ-III-11, ff. 123r–126v), Zeitschrift für Papyrologie und Epigraphik (in press).
‘Ibn Riḍwān and the pseudo-Galenic commentary On Hippocrates’ ‘Sevens’’, Journal for the Intellectual History of the Islamicate World, special issue edited by L. Chipman, P. E. Pormann, M. Shefer-Mossensohn (forthcoming).
‘Maximianus Medicus: Greek Medical Theory and the Greek Girl’s “Gravior Morbus” (El. 5.108)’, with Dr Ian Fielding, Philologus (2015).
‘Textual Note on Paul of Aegina, Pragmateia 6.88ʼ, Classical Quarterly 64.2 (2014) 867–9.