Non-Fiction Books:

Galen on Food and Diet

Sorry, this product is not currently available to order

Here are some other products you might consider...

Galen on Food and Diet


Paperback / softback

Customer rating

Click to share your rating 0 ratings (0.0/5.0 average) Thanks for your vote!

Share this product

Galen on Food and Diet by Mark Grant
Sorry, this product is not currently available to order


The modern world is fascinated by diet and the effect it can have on health, with advice abounding on what we should or should not eat. This preoccupation was also very much a feature of the ancient world, at least among those who could afford the time and money to listen to the advice of a doctor. At the apogee of ancient medical advances stood Galen (AD 129-c.AD 210), once the personal physician to the emperor Marcus Aurelius. A prolific writer, amongst his surviving works is what he believed to be the definitive guide to a healthy diet, based on the theory of the four humours. In these treatises Galen sets out this theory, which was to be profoundly influential on medicine for many centuries, and describes in fascinating detail the effects on health of a vast range of foods, from lettuce, lard, and fish, to peaches, pickles and hyacinths. Galen On Food and Diet makes all these texts available in English for the first time, and provides many captivating insights into the ancient understanding of food and health. With clear, elegant translations, supported by a lucid introduction, helpful notes, and an extensive bibliography, this volume is an invaluable resource for classicists, ancient historians and all those interested in the history of food.
Release date NZ
September 11th, 2000
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Product ID

Customer reviews

Nobody has reviewed this product yet. You could be the first!

Write a Review

Marketplace listings

There are no Marketplace listings available for this product currently.
Already own it? Create a free listing and pay just 9% commission when it sells!

Sell Yours Here

Help & options

  • If you think we've made a mistake or omitted details, please send us your feedback. Send Feedback
  • If you have a question or problem with this product, visit our Help section. Get Help
Filed under...