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Mythologies all over the world abound in creatures of all kinds, including the most terrifying monsters. What if these scary beings were born from some of the many faces of the natural world? And, if so, how about medicinal plants and the traditions which transmitted knowledge about all the multiple faces of this world?

Salerno in southern Italy is supposed to have hosted during the Middle Ages a medical school credited with an importance equal to that of the school of Alexandria. As the story goes, it was founded by a Greek, a Jewish and an Aanrabic physician whose different origins reflect the multiculturality of the school. New research is delving into the history of the school.

The interest in what is traditionally called material life is increasing and takes a new dimension. The title of a recently published work by Robert Knapp on the topic is eloquent: Invisible Romans. It is devoted to the ordinary people who made the Roman world in their daily life, and not to the emperors, generals and others who immortalized themselves in visible archeological remains. Medicine is not absent from the picture and from recent production ...

New Web sites, the Archaia/Nea newsletter, and the series Medicine in the Medieval Mediterranean are just some of the many publications that the Institute created, diffused or edited during the year 2012. This without counting the articles and other scientific contributions authored by the scholars in the Institute.

The Mediterranean world is more than ever the object of renewed publications. Three of them illustrate the exchanges of knowledge and the continuity of tradition until the 20th century. But this is not all.

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