Disease and Therapy | E-Learning University of Athens

Disease and Therapy

Disease and Therapy
Disease and Therapy
Medical and other Therapeutical Practices in prehistoric eastern Mediterranean

This online course addresses the issue of health, medical treatment and other therapeutical practices in the east Mediterranean during later Prehistory, namely the 3rd and 2nd millennium BC. The programme presents the diseases - mainly physical and rarely mental – and the cure methods/practices in Egypt, Mesopotamia and the Aegean. On that aspect, we have the chance to realize the range and the depth of knowledge of people who lived during that era. Each geographical region provides us with different pieces of information from varying sources– direct or non direct – regarding diseases and their cure. It is also inevitable for this period, the causes and cure of a disease to be connected with magic/religion. Isn’t that something – to a lesser extend - that also happens nowadays, at least when it comes to religious beliefs? After all, the preservation of a good physical and mental health is something that is proven timeless. All of the above will be analyzed further and in detail in this online course part of the Arts and Culture category. After successfully completing the lessons, the participant will receive a training certificate while acquiring a magnificent one time experience.

Professor of Prehistoric Archaeology

The programme is addressed not only to students of Archaeology but also to the broader public, especially those with a particular interest in prehistoric/protohistoric times in broader eastern Mediterranean area. 

The programme aims to examine three key-areas: Egypt, Mesopotamia and the Aegean. Although Egypt offers the most detailed picture regarding diseases and their therapy, important insights may be gained as regards the other two areas, too. Thus, the treatment of wounds and other external injuries (legs, feet, arms and head) suggests a sophisticated knowledge of orthopedics and surgery. There is also evidence for infectious diseases, caused by viruses and/or bacteria. Hence, disease and injury would have played an important role in life and death in prehistoric east Mediterranean. It is argued that healing and medicine would probably have begun as closely related to magical and other ritual practices.

Lesson 1: Egyptian medicine
In this lesson the case of Egyptian medicine will be examined.

Lesson 2: The performance: physicians – magicians - Mesopotamia- Diseases mentioned in Mesopotamian Texts
In this lesson the case of Egypt is further analyzed  (physicians – magicians) as well as the area of  Messopotamia.

Lesson 3: Rare diseases-Aegean cultures - Remedies -Peak Sanctuaries
In this lesson rare diseases of the era will be discussed as well as Aegean cultures, remedies and peak sanctuaries of the broader Aegean area.

Lesson 4: Skeletal remains
Finally, findings from the study of skeletal remains in broader Aegean area will be presented. 

The  assessment  methods will be based on  a mixture of open and closed type questions. 

Online and distance learning at National and Kapodistrian University of Athens offers a new way of combining innovative learning and teaching techniques with interaction with your tutor and fellow students from around the world.

The e-learning programme is implemented via a user-friendly educational platform adjusted to the Distance Learning Principles. Programmes are structured as weekly online meetings; interaction with the programme tutor and other students takes place in a virtual learning environment. The programmes are designed to fit around your schedule; you access the programme whenever it is convenient for you.

The whole world becomes your classroom as e-learning can be done on laptops, tablets and phones – it is a very mobile method.

The educational platform is a portal that offers access to electronic classrooms based on modern distance learning technologies. The computer based nature of training means new technology is being introduced all the time to help students engage and learn in a tailored way that will meet their needs. Each e-classroom is similar to a traditional teaching classroom. Students have access to e-classrooms with their personal code number in order to browse  the teaching material, to being informed about the latest news/updates and interact with their instructors. Moreover, through own personal e-mail account through which they can contact directly their mentors or the administration office of the programme and share any concerns or anxieties related to the programme and make the most form their experience.

In each programme, learners submit the corresponding tests, within the deadline given by their instructors. Final mark fluctuates from 0 to 100%. The overall grade in each programme is calculated based on the student's marks on assessment exercises that follow each unit  while their instructor might also assign them with a final assessment at the end of the programme. Finally, if the total score on one or more lessons of the programme does not exceed 50%, students can ask for reassessment.

During the programme students will be attending lectures and group seminars presented by academics and speakers from the National University of Athens as well as from other Universities, Research Institutes and Cultural organizations around Greece. In addition, when you study with us, you have online access to first-class resources relevant to your programme – plus you can browse material in other subject areas.

Every week e-learners are provided with the relevant material , either  video-lectures or  typed notes and relevant resources or a combination of both.

Interactivity, lower costs and our long experience guarantees that studying with us will offer a successful and rewarding experience. Finally, the access to a large variety of material and online resources available in each unit aims to excite your curiosity and guide you in studying further on your favourite topic will the online material which can be downloaded will give you the opportunity to quickly refresh your memory after the completion of the programme.