Florence Eliza Glaze is Professor of History at Coastal Carolina; since arriving at Coastal in August 2003, she has served also as the chair of the History Department and as co-director of the University Honors Program. A strong advocate for study abroad, Dr. Glaze has led several CCU Study Abroad programs to Italy, England and Ireland. She is currently the International Programs Liaison for the Edwards College of Humanities & Fine Arts.
In her teaching, Glaze 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; Manuscripts & Archives; and the Byzantine Empire.
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, Glaze held the 2007-8 Andrew W. Mellon Post-doctoral Rome Prize in Medieval Studies. During her months in Rome, and in subsequent years, she collected manuscript evidence for her study examining patterns of medical textuality in early medieval Europe, 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. Her monograph on the subject will be published in the coming year. Glaze was 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 http://nationalhumanitiescenter.org/newsrel2010/prrevmedicine.htm).She is contributing to the first published outcome of that meeting, a book which examines the life and works of Constantine of Ifriquiyyah, a North African native who translated many Arabic medical texts into Latin at the Abbey of Monte Cassino in the eleventh century.
Specializing in the articulation of new knowledge based upon the evidence of medieval Latin medical manuscripts and healthscapes, 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.
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. Eliza is working also on a series of 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.