Loading Events

« All Events

  • This event has passed.

Health Fraud in the Medieval Genoese Slave Market

February 17 @ 5:00 pm

Public University Lecture. Prof. Hannah Barker (Arizona State University) “Health Fraud in the Medieval Genoese Slave Market”

Thursday, February 17th at 5:00 pm. (Via Zoom).  

Genoa during the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries was the site of an active market in enslaved people, mainly Tatar, Russian, and Circassian women exported from the Black Sea. Buyers who participated in this market worried that, in their ignorance of medical matters, they might be tricked into purchasing women with serious illnesses like leprosy or falling sickness. In the Islamicate world, physicians such as Ibn Buṭlān in eleventh-century Baghdad wrote handbooks to educate prospective buyers about the most common strategems used to make enslaved people who were sick seem healthy. No such genre existed in medieval Genoa. In my talk, I will discuss how Genoese buyers and sellers handled the risk of medical fraud, and how the decisions that they made affected the lives of enslaved people offered for sale


February 17
5:00 pm
Event Category:




Office of the Secretary of the Faculty