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Dr Caroline Petit

img_1161.jpgWellcome Trust Senior Research Fellow (Assistant Professor)

Email: C dot C dot L dot Petit at warwick dot ac dot uk agostino at carolinepetit dot net
Personal website:

H2.35, Humanities Building, University of Warwick, Coventry CV4 7AL


Dr Caroline Petit is a classicist with special interest in ancient medical texts, especially Galen and the Galenic corpus. She was trained in classical philology and French literature in Paris and completed her Doctoral thesis at the same university in 2004. Since 2000 she has taught Classics, ancient history and the history of medicine at the universities of Paris-Sorbonne (Paris IV), Exeter and Manchester where she held Wellcome Trust research fellowships (2004-2007 and 2007-2010 respectively). Before joining Warwick in October 2012, Dr Caroline Petit also held a honorary fellowship at the Wellcome Centre for the History of Medicine at UCL and a research fellowship at the Institute of Classical Studies, London.

Research interests

My interests lie in the textual transmission, translation and interpretation of ancient medical texts. Since 1999, I have been working on Galen, Pseudo-Galenic texts, medical rhetoric, and pharmacology. On occasion, I also contribute studies on the reception of medical texts from late antiquity to the Renaissance. I have also studied ancient theories of rhetoric and Hermogenes’ spurious Progymnasmata (with Prof. Mike Edwards). My doctoral thesis (published in 2009, see below) has won me two national awards (Prix Lantier 2010; Prix Raymond Weil 2010) and international recognition.

As a Wellcome Trust University Award Holder (2013-2018), I now run a project on ‘Medical Prognosis in Late Antiquity’. It involves the first critical edition of five texts from the Galenic corpus devoted to various aspects of diagnostic and prognostic, and a monograph on medical prognostic in late antiquity.

For more information on my past and present work, see my above-mentioned website and blog.

Teaching and supervision

  • Medicine in the Ancient World (module leader)
  • Greek Literary Texts (contributes)
  • Receptions (contributes)

I am keen to supervise students in the following areas of ancient history and literature: medicine; sciences and techniques; intellectual history; rhetoric.

I would be happy to sponsor excellent PhD candidates for a Wellcome PhD scholarship (please note the scheme is highly competitive) for a dissertation in Medical Humanities (preferably with a focus on ancient medicine, or its reception, esp. in the Renaissance).

Selected publications

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  • M.A. and M.Phil in Classics and French (Paris IV - Sorbonne)
  • PhD in Classics (Paris IV- Sorbonne)

Office hours

Tuesdays 1-2pm, or by appointment


Undergraduate modules

Greek and Roman Medicine (module leader)

Greek Literary Texts (contributes)

Receptions (contributes)

Postgraduate modules

Dept PG induction (contributes)