Dr Piero Tassinari

Dr Piero Tassinari

Lecturer in Ancient Greek and Latin

School of History, Archaeology and Religion

Mae'r cynnwys hwn ar gael yn Saesneg yn unig.

My research interests lie in the history of ancient science, especially medicine, and philosophy. I have taught Greek and Latin language classes in very different contexts and have worked for various exam boards in the field of classical languages for many years.

I have cruised extensively in the Mediterranean merging my professional interests with my passion for sailing. As a skipper and author I have recently been working on the documentary The Sea of Europe tracing the myth of Europe on her journey from Asia to Greece.

Education and qualifications

2008-2009: PGCE (PCET), UWIC Cardiff School of Education

1992-1996: PhD in Greek and Latin Philology, University of Perugia, Italy

1985-1990: Degree (M Phil) in Philosophy (History of Science), University of Trieste, Italy

1987: Diploma in Instrumental Music (piano), Conservatoire "G. Tartini", Trieste, Italy. 


  • Reading Latin 1 (HS 3421) – 20 credits
  • Reading Latin 2 (HS 3322) – 20 credits
  • Latin Historical Texts (HS 3343) – 20 credits
  • Greek Historical Texts (HS 3345) – 20 credits


  • Postgraduate Latin 1 - 20 credits (HST022)
  • Postgraduate Greek 1 - 20 credits (HST024)

In the wake of my long-standing involvement with the Wellcome-funded project ‘Towards a Galen in English’ led by professor Philip van der Eijk I am contributing to the editing of the Cambridge Galen Translations series volumes, currently focused on Mixtures (De temperamentis), the Commentary on Hippocrates’ Prognostic, the Commentary on Hippocrates’ Nature of Man, The Usefulness of the Parts of the Body (De usu partium). As a by-product of the Galen translations series I am producing an online Greek-English Galenic dictionary.

In a similar area, I am working on an English translation with commentary of the first of Aetius of Amida’s Libri Medicinales

As my own research projects, I am investigating the theory of signs in ancient medical thought and, from a more contemporary perspective, the problematics of medical diagnostics and its implications for the definition of health and well-being.