Hippocrates in Context: Papers read at the XIth by Philip J. Van Der Eijk

By Philip J. Van Der Eijk

This choice of papers reviews the Hippocratic writings of their courting to the highbrow, social, cultural and literary context within which they have been written. ‘Context’ comprises not just the Greek global, but additionally the clinical concept and perform of alternative civilisations within the Mediterranean, akin to Babylonian and Egyptian medication. another focal point are the kinfolk among the Hippocratic writings and ‘non-Hippocratic’ clinical authors of the 5th and fourth century BCE, resembling Diocles of Carystus, Praxagoras of Cos, in addition to Plato, Aristotle and Theophrastus. the gathering additional contains reviews of a few of the fewer famous works within the Hippocratic Corpus, akin to Internal Affections, On the Eye, and Prorrheticon. and eventually, a couple of papers are dedicated to the effect and reception of Hippocratic suggestion in later antiquity and the early smooth interval.

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Irigoin, J. (1983), ‘Préalables linguistiques à l’interprétation de termes techniques attestés dans la Collection hippocratique’, in: P. Mudry, F. ), Formes de pensée dans la Collection hippocratique, Geneva, 173–180. Jouanna, J. (1975), Hippocrate, La nature de l’homme, CMG I 1, 3, Berlin. ——. (1978), ‘Le médecin modèle du législateur dans les Lois de Platon’, Ktema 3, 77–91. ——. (1980a), ‘Médecine et politique dans la Politique d’Aristote’, Ktema 5, 257–266. ——. (1980b), ‘Politique et Médecine.

The medical reference is more than just a trivial allusion. Here, too, a comparison with medical literature makes it possible to arrive at a more in-depth interpretation of the historian’s text, because the definition of the ideal politician given by Nicias just after the medical metaphor is a transposition of the Hippocratic ideal of the good physician. ” Thus the same antithesis—“to be useful/not to harm”, using the same Greek terms (»fele›n/blãptein)—can be found in the historian and in the medical author.

1): The greatest event of those before was the Persian War, and yet it had a speedy crisis (taxe›an tØn kr¤sin ¶sxen) by two naval battles and two land battles. This war, on the other hand, was protracted to a great length, and during it misfortunes befell Greece as they had never occurred in an equal period of time. e. a rapid solution, is reminiscent of what one can read about an illness in the medical treatises. 53 One can compare the use of the same expression, taxe›an shma¤nei kr¤sin, in the medical writer and the historian respectively, in the former case for the rapid termination of a disease, in the latter for that of a war.

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