Among the fragments of Sogdian medical texts is what seems to be a collection
of gynaecological prescriptions, including a recipe for the restoration of virginity.
In addition to providing an edition and translation of the text, we attempt to set it within
a comparative context including recipes for virginal simulation occuring in Arabic,
Chagatai, Greek, and Latin medieval works. Finally, we identify the text as, like much of
Sogdian medicine, possible Sanskrit origin, and give an overview of the Sogdian medical
fragments so far identified.
On November 25, 2019, at the Far Eastern Studies Seminar organized by the Department of Far Eastern Studies of the IOM RAS, V.V. Shchepkin will submit his presentation Tourism and Commemoration of War in Modern Japan.