Corpus Medicorum Graecorum / Latinorum

The task of the Corpora of ancient physicians is to produce critical editions of the extant writings of all Greek and Latin medical authors from the 5th century BC to the end of classical antiquity, including fragments of works that have not survived intact, and to feature modern-language translations and exhaustive indexes of names and words. Furthermore, the CMG is tasked with publication of texts of Greek origin that have survived only in medieval Arabic and Latin translations. The editions may include commentary expanding on the factual, linguistic and textual-critical aspects of the text.

The plan for the editions in the Greek series, in addition to the ancient authors Hippocrates of Cos (collection of Hippocratic writings), Galen of Pergamum, Rufus of Ephesus, Soranus of Ephesus, Aretaeus of Cappadocia, Dioscorides of Anazarbus in Cilicia and a selection of medici minores which has yet to be determined in detail, also includes the early Byzantine medical handbooks of Oribasius, Alexander of Tralles, Aetius of Amida and Paul of Aegina, as well as early Byzantine commentaries on Hippocrates and Galen, as these constitute an important supplement to the ancient textual tradition and, moreover, have preserved extensive excerpts of otherwise lost medical writings.

The plan for the Latin series includes the writings of Aulus Cornelius Celsus, Scribonius Largus, Quintus Serenus, Marcellus, Caelius Aurelianus, Theodorus Priscianus, Cassius Felix, Anthimus, Antonius Musa and some anonymous or pseudonymous texts, such as the so-called Medicina Plinii and the Herbarium of Pseudo-Apuleius.

The Greek physicians series has thus far comprised 69 volumes, including 7 volumes of the Supplementum Orientale. 10 volumes of the Latin medical Corpus have been made available. Of a total of 79 volumes, 53 were published following resumption of work on the Corpora after the Second World War. The works of individual authors are distributed among the published volumes of the Greek series as follows: 9 volumes dedicated to the Hippocratic writings, 37 to Galen’s works, 2 volumes apiece to the writings of Rufus of Ephesus and Aetius of Amida, as well as 5 to the Hippocratic commentaries of Stephanus of Athens and John of Alexandria. Single volumes have already been published of the complete works of Aretaeus, Soranus, Philumenus, Leo and Apollonius of Citium. The writings of Oribasius (5 volumes) and the handbook of Paul of Aegina (2 volumes) have also been published in full.