Ianto Jocks

Email  i.jocks.1 [at] research.gla.ac.uk

Research title: Scribonius Largus' Compositiones medicamentorum - Context, Translation, Commentary, Pharmacology, and Reception

Research Summary

My PhD research is focussed on ancient medicine and its reception, specifically the Compositiones Medicamentorum of Scribonius Largus, a 1st century CE Latin collection of medicinal recipes. In addition to producing a translation and commentary, I am investigating the text as an example of practical pharmacology in the first century CE Roman Empire, particularly in comparison to the near-contemporary works of Celsus (De Medicina), Dioscorides (Materia Medica), and Pliny the Elder (Naturalis Historia). I am furthermore analysing the afterlife or reception of the Compositiones, focussing particularly on Scribonian recipes in the context of medieval prescription literature (Rezeptliteratur), and the role of Scribonius in doctoral dissertations by German pharmacologists and dentists in the late 19th and early 20th century.

I am furthermore continuing research on the historical anatomical preparations held at the University of Glasgow, which I began as part of my MSc dissertation in Medical Visualisation and Human Anatomy. At present I am conducting a project for the Hunterian Associate Programme (Professor Cleland Collects - John Cleland and his anatomical collection in historical context) in which I am investigating the anatomical preparations collected by the anatomist John Cleland (1835-1925) in connection with Cleland's research publications, archival material related to 19th century medical education and anatomical lectures at the University of Glasgow, and the broader context of 19th century science and medicine.


Jocks, I., Livingstone, D., and Rea, P. (2015) 'An investigation to examine the most appropriate methodology to capture historical and modern preserved anatomical specimens for use in the digital age to improve access - a pilot study', Proceedings of the 9th International Technology, Education and Development Conference (INTED2015), Madrid, Spain, 2-4 March 2015, pp. 6377-6386.

Jocks, I. (2012) ‘Are the Works of Hippocrates, Vesalius and Bell relevant in the modern age? On the importance of the History of Medicine for the 21st Century.’ Essay submitted for the University Short Essay Competition 2012. The Scholar 1


  • AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership Scotland PhD Studentship 2014-2017 (Scottish Graduate School for the Arts and Humanities). Funded 3-year PhD Research, £ 17,859 p.a.
  • Scottish Funding Council, 2013-2014. £9,000 award to obtain MSc in Medical Visualisation and Human Anatomy at the Glasgow School of Art
  • Edward Caird Bursary, University of Glasgow, 2012-2013. £1,000 award to contribute to tuition fees for MRes Classics at the University of Glasgow



  • Graduate Teaching Assistant for Latin 2C


  • Tutor for Classical Civilisation 1A Online (Early Greee, from Troy to Plataea, 776-479 BC)
  • Tutor for Classical Civilisation 1B BOLD (Republican Rome, 220-19 BC)
  • Guest lecture "Gender, Sexuality and Health in Ancient Rome: Perspectives from Medical Sources" (Honours Module 'Gender and Sexuality in Ancient Rome')


  • Graduate Teaching Assistant for Latin 1A (Beginning Latin 1, Basic Latin for Honours 1, Basic Latin for Postgraduates 1)
  • Graduate Teaching Assistant for Classical Civilisation 1A - Early Greece, from Troy to Plataea, 776-479 B.C.
  • Invigilator for Greek Unprepared Translation

Additional Information

Projects and Exhibitions


  • Professor Cleland Collects - John Cleland and his anatomical collection in historical context. Hunterian Associate Programme Project (2016-17) An investigation of the life, work, and anatomical collection of John Cleland (1835-1925), Professor of Anatomy at the University of Glasgow (1877-1909), drawing on a variety of sources (archival, printed, material culture) to place his anatomical collection into the context of his time and research. The planned outcome is a series of talks as well as a virtual museum.
  • Digitising the Hunterian and Cleland Collections of Human and Comparative Anatomy - Potential for Education, Research, Conservation, and Public Engagement (2014) Interactive dissertation project (interactive PDF including digitised museum objects and interdisciplinary information) completed for the MSc in Medical Visualisation and Human Anatomy and exhibited as part of the Glasgow School of Art Degree Show, 6-12 September 2014, Reid Building, Glasgow. A brief description of the project is available on the Degree Show website
  • The Lock Room Display for the Faculty of Travel Medicine at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow (research 2010-2011, exhibition permanent) On display in the Lock Room at the RCPSG. Exhibition illustrating the history of travel medicine and its relevance to the College, drawing on archival and library resources, created together with Rachael Eagan under the supervision of Carol Parry and Jon Cossar as part of a University of Glasgow Club 21 Internship. The project finds discussion in Cossar, J. H. and Parry, C. (2012), 'Travel Medicine Through the Centuries', Empodiatrics. News, views, and reviews from the Faculty of Travel Medicine. Autumn/Winter Issue, pp. 8-9.