Book of Cultural Importance to be Donated to Creighton’s Rare Book Room
The Creighton University Asian World Center and Reinert/Alumni Library are sponsoring a lecture titled “The New Silk Road Between Dubai and China: An American Perspective,” at 11:30 a.m., Nov. 8, in the ballroom of the Skutt Student Center. Lunch will be available for the first 65 people.
The lecture presented by Ken Wise, professor emeritus of political science and international relations at Creighton University will be based on his recent trip to China and his seven years living in Dubai where he is the director of the Policy and Research Division of b’huth, a private independent company and public policy think tank.
Following the lecture Wise will present a limited edition facsimile of “Vienna Dioscorides” a rare book donated by 1995 Creighton political science and business alum Ahmed Obaid Al MansooriofDubai, president of b'huth and a member of the Federal National Council. The book was originally produced in the early sixth century and contains knowledge of early herbal pharmacology.
The contents of the book were arranged in alphabetical order by physician and botanist, Pedanius Dioscorides. The book was produced around the year 512 in Constantinople and describes 383 medicinal herbs with corresponding text and illustrations of the plants.
The “Vienna Dioscorides” is considered a limitless source of information on the classical sciences of early civilization. Its influence can be seen in the history of physicians in Greek, Latin, Turkish, Oriental and Jewish cultures. There are also images of poisonous animals and birds, which have been important in the history of zoological illustrations.