THE ROOTCUTTER gathers from the environment, collects what is useful, and slices into rootstock to draw upon what is potent.

Root-cutting unearths both ancient and modern medicines and shows that what flowers above only grows from what lies below.


THE ROOTCUTTER, Call for Pitches

Please use this form to submit your pitch to THE ROOTCUTTER blog series: The Best Doctor Is Also a Historian.


THE ROOTCUTTER invites pitches for paid essays for an inaugural series that addresses connections between ancient and modern medicines. Essays will be compensated at a fixed rate of $100 (one author) or $150 (two authors), through generous funding provided by an Ancient Worlds Modern Communities award from the Society for Classical Studies.


Essays should explore any aspect of ancient medicine broadly construed (e.g., including, but not limited to healing in the Mediterranean, Middle East, pre-modern China, India, and pre-Colombian South America), ideally through engagement with a clear and accessible primary source (e.g., image, object, short excerpt). Our intended audience includes historians and scientists, healthcare professionals and consumers, researchers and students. We hope that these essays will create a robust framework for applying key insights from classical reception studies to the history of medicine in antiquity and its relationship to modern medical theories and practices. Possible themes include pain, anxiety, trauma, disability, race, queerness, gender, military medicine, drugs, equity, vaccinations, economics, and epidemics. Above all, though, we would love to be surprised by the specificity of the topics and connections. Essays should be approximately 1000 words.


The pitch should clearly identify (1) the key aspect of ancient/modern medicine that you will explore and (2) the primary source(s) that you will introduce to the reader through the course of your essay. We enthusiastically welcome pitches that focus on material sources.


The blog will accept pitches on an on-going basis, but to ensure full consideration for the funded series, please submit your proposals by July 30.


If you have any questions, please contact societyancientmedicine@gmail.com).