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Coastal Carolina University
P.O. Box 261954
Conway, South Carolina



Florence Eliza Glaze


medieval European manuscripts, history of early Western medicine down to c. 1350, medieval Europe from Late Antiquity through the High Middle Ages, the medieval history of S. Italy

Thomas W. and Robin W. Edwards College of Humanities and Fine Arts

Florence Eliza Glaze joined the Coastal Carolina University faculty in 2003. She earned a bachelor's degree from the College of Charleston, and a master's degree and a Ph.D. from Duke University.

Glaze served as co-director of the Honors Program at Coastal from August 2005 to August 2007, and as chair of the Department of History since August 2011.

Glaze's publications examine the survival, adaptation and recovery of ancient Greek and Latin medical knowledge, and the introduction and assimilation of Arabic knowledge after c. 1075. She was co-editor and contributor of a 600-page volume, "Between Text and Patient: The Medical Enterprise in Medieval and Early Modern Europe," published by SISMEL, the Società Internazionale per lo Studio del Medioevo Latino, based in Florence, Italy in 2011. Other articles and essays have been published by academic publishers such as Brepols, EJ Brill, the University of California Press, the Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. She was a contributing author to "The Oxford Dictionary of the Middle Ages," and "The Dictionary of Medical Biography." Her monograph analysis of medical textual traditions and practices employed across Europe from the fall of the Roman Empire to the rise of the universities will be published by Brepols Academic Publishers, and her critical edition of a widely-popular Salernitan medical text composed c. 1050 will be published by SISMEL in its series on Salernitan medicine.

Glaze has earned two substantial research grants, the Andrew W. Mellon Post-Doctoral Rome Prize in Medieval Studies 2007-2008 (spent at the American Academy in Rome), and a National Endowment for the Humanities sabbatical fellowship (spent at the National Humanities Center, She has also earned smaller external grants, fellowships and awards from the Wellcome Trust, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Humanities Center, and the Josiah Charles Trent Foundation. She is co-principal investigator for a digital humanities project designed to build an open-access digital database of more than 500 medical manuscripts surviving in collections across Europe and the Americas that were produced during the "long 12th century."

She has served in a professional capacity as committee members for the American Association for the History of Medicine, as executive committee member for the Southeastern Medieval Association, as a peer-reviewer for several academic journals and presses, including the Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences, the Social History of Medicine, Bloomsbury, Brill and Brepols; she is co-founder and organizer of the Carolina Medical Humanities Group.

Glaze continues her explorations of the transformation of medical thought and practices in Southern Italy and Sicily during the period 1050 - 1225, and teaches a variety of classes on general medieval European history, the history of the Crusades, the Byzantine Empire, and the history of disease and medicine in Western society.

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