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Florence Eliza Glaze
Clark Endowed Chair/Associate Professor

Department(s): History
Degree: M.A., Ph.D. (Duke University); B.A. (the College of Charleston); certificate in archival studies (Hill Manuscript Library, St. John's University)
Area of Study: History of Medieval Europe; History of Health, Medicine & Disease; Early Medieval Europe; High Medieval Europe; Latin Palaeography; the Medieval Mediterranean; the Byzantine Empire
Office: BRTH 371
Phone: 843-234-3462
Florence Eliza Glaze is the Lawrence B. and Jane P. Clark Chair in History at Coastal Carolina for 2013-16; since arriving at Coastal in August 2003, she has served also as History's Department Chair and as co-director of the University Honors Program. In the 2013/14 academic year she taught the First Year Experience's UNIV 110 on the theme "On Being Human," History 101, and upper-level seminars on "The Medieval Mediterranean" and "Manuscripts and Archives: An Introduction." In May 2014 she led a new study abroad program she helped establish in Italy, "Coastal in Arezzo," with colleagues in Languages and Physics. This new program in one of Tuscany's most historic cities is planned as an annual College of Humanities and Fine Arts Maymester trip to be led by alternating teams of CCU faculty.

In her teaching, Eliza explores the interstices between the intellectual and social history of the Middle Ages, including courses on the History of Western Medicine from Greek Antiquity to the Italian Renaissance; the Norman Conquests of England, S. Italy & Sicily; the Middle Ages; the Age of Crusades; Sexuality & Gender in Medieval Europe; and the Byzantine Empire. She is planning new courses on the theme of History and Manuscripts, which takes a cultural, palaeographical,and applied history approach, and on Medieval Italy and constructions of memory.

A Fellow of the American Academy in Rome ('08), a Fellow of the National Humanities Center ('11), and an elected 'Socia' in the Società Internazionale per lo Studio del Medioevo Latino, Eliza held the 2007-8 Andrew W. Mellon Post-doctoral Rome Prize in Medieval Studies. During her months in Rome, she collected manuscript evidence for her study examining patterns of medical textuality in early medieval Europe, and of medical pedagogy and practice in and around Salerno, Italy, and the dispersal of that knowledge across Europe during the later 11th and 12th centuries. She has completed her monograph on the subject, which will be published in 2014. Eliza is also co-principal investigator for the project "Excavating Medicine in a Digital Age: Palaeography and the Medical Book in the Twelfth-Century Renaissance" (press release for inaugural meeting at

Specializing in the articulation of new knowledge based upon the evidence of medieval Latin medical manuscripts and landscapes, Eliza's research explores the processes by which medical knowledge was transmitted from the ancient Mediterranean into Western Europe via classroom experiences, textual media and contextualized practices. Her ultimate interest is two-fold: to recover and identify the transmission, interpretations and use of specialized material from the Mediterranean world, and to explore the social aspects of medical thought and practice manifest in surviving codices.

In Summer 2012 she was a guest speaker at an NEH Seminar for University Professors, "Health and Disease in the Middle Ages," held at the Wellcome Library in London ( In July 2013 she presented her research in an invited session on Medicine in the Early Middle Ages and the Eleventh Century Renaissance at the International Medieval Congress in Leeds, England; she has now organized 3 panel sessions on the emergence of a Eurasian & North African empire of pharmacy in the "long 12th century" for Leeds' IMC 2014. Speakers will examine interchanges between Judeo-Arabic, Arabic, Greek and Latin traditions (for details, see ).

Current projects include publishing her monograph analysis of medical knowledge and textual transmission from late antiquity through the year 1200, and critically editing and analyzing the origins and influence of the 11th century "Passionarius/ Liber Nosematon/ Book of Diseases" by Gariopontus of Salerno, which survives in dozens of glossed manuscripts. Her edition and analysis of Gariopontus' text will be published by SISMEL, the Society for the Study of Medieval Latin, as part of the 'Edizione Nazionale La Scuola Medica Salernitana'. Eliza is working also on three related articles exploring the impact of the Norman Conquest on Salernitan medicine, on the integration of Byzantine, Latin and Arabic 'materia medica' into southern Italian therapeutic manuals, and on manuscript evidence for the use of thermal mineral baths in the medieval Mezzogiorno. Her most recent manuscript discovery, a hitherto unidentified fragment of the Passionarius in the British Library, is featured here: (Part 1). She is also a contributing author to forthcoming books examining the life and works of Constantine of Ifriquiyyah and Peter of Eboli.

Representative publications:

“Speaking in Tongues: Medical Wisdom and Glossing Practices in and around Salerno c. 1050-1200,” in Herbs and Healers from the Ancient Mediterranean through the Medieval West: Essays in Honor of John M. Riddle, Anne Van Arsdall & Timothy Graham, eds. (Aldershot: Ashgate Press, 2012), 63-106.

Between Text and Patient: the Medical Enterprise in Medieval & Early Modern Europe, Florence Eliza Glaze & Brian K. Nance, eds., Micrologus' Library, 39 (Firenze: SISMEL Galluzzo, 2011). pp. xii + 572; including essay “Prolegomena: Scholastic Openings to Gariopontus of Salerno’s Passionarius,” pp. 57-86.

“Gariopontus and the Salernitans: Textual Traditions in the Eleventh and Twelfth Centuries,” in La ‘Collectio Salernitana’ di Salvatore De Renzi, ed. Danielle Jacquart and Agostino Paravicini Bagliani, (Firenze: SISMEL Galluzzo, 2009), pp. 149-90.

“The Diseased Body: Resources for Scholarly Inquiry in the Duke University History of Medicine Collections,” (with Brian Nance and Suzanne Porter). Invited for a Special Issue on ‘The Diseased Body’ ed. Susan Zimmerman, Journal of Medieval & Early Modern Studies, vol. 38, no. 3 (September 2008): 589-610.

“Gariopontus of Salerno’s Passionarius,” (with Stefano Zamponi), Coluccio Salutati e l’Invenzione dell’Umanesimo, an exhibit catalogue for the Salutati exhibit at the Biblioteca Medicea Laurenziana, Firenze 2 November 2008 -30 January 2009 (Firenze: Mandragora, 2008), 287.

“Master-Student Medical Dialogues: the Evidence of London, BL Sloane 2839,” in Form & Content of Instruction in Anglo-Saxon England in Light of Contemporary Manuscript Evidence, ed. Patrizia Lendinara, Maria Amalia D’Aronco, et al., «Textes et études du moyen âge, 39», (Turnhout: Brepols, 2007), pp. 467-94.

“Galen Refashioned: Gariopontus of Salerno’s Passionarius in the Later Middle Ages and Renaissance,” in Textual Healing, Essays in Medieval and Early Modern Medicine, ed. Elizabeth Lane Furdell. (Leiden: E.J. Brill, 2005), pp. 53-77.

“‘How Science Survived’: Medieval Manuscripts as Fossils,” (invited Perspective, with Sharon Gilman) Science v. 307 (25 February 2005): 1208-9.

“Medical Writer: ‘Behold the Human Creature’,” in Voice of the Living Light: Hildegard of Bingen and Her World, ed. Barbara Newman (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1998 & ACLS e-book 2008 ), pp. 125-48, with notes at 232-41.

"Hidden for All to See: Duke’s Medieval and Early Modern Manuscript Fragments,” Duke University Libraries Magazine, volume 12.1 (Fall 1998): 2-7.

Plus book reviews, encyclopedia entries, a 'grey paper' finding-aid of Duke University's Medieval & Early Modern Manuscript Fragments, etc.
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Florence Eliza Glaze
Clark Endowed Chair/Associate Professor - History
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