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Dr Laurence Totelin 

Dr Laurence Totelin
Position:Lecturer in Ancient History

Telephone:+44 (0)29 208 75631
Location:John Percival Building, 4.03

Research interests

  • History of Greek and Roman science and medicine (in particular pharmacology and botany)
  • Gender history and history of sexuality
  • Social, economic and cultural history of ancient Greece

Selected publications

Totelin L. (forthcoming), ‘Botanizing rulers and their herbal subjects: plants and political power in Greek and Roman literature’, Phoenix.

Totelin, L. (2012), ‘And to end on a poetic note: Galen’s authorial strategies in the pharmacological books’, Studies in History and Philosophy of Science 43, 307–315. available online

Totelin L. (2011), ‘Old recipes, new practice? The Latin adaptations of the Hippocratic gynaecological treatises’, Social History of Medicine 24, 74–91. available online

Totelin L. (2009), Hippocratic Recipes: Oral and Written Transmission of Pharmacological Knowledge in Fifth- and Fourth-Century Greece, Leiden: Brill. pp. xviii + 366.

Totelin L. (2007), ‘Sex and vegetables in the Hippocratic gynaecological treatises’, Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences 38, 531–540.




  • Postgraduate Greek II - 20 credits (HST025)

Research supervision

I would be happy to supervise PhD topics relating to Greek and Roman medicine and biological sciences, or Greek and Roman gender history.