BOURAS-VALLIANATOS Petros et XENOPHONTOS Sophia (ed.), « Greek Medical Literature and its Readers. From Hippocrates to Islam and Byzantium »

Editeur : Routledge

Date : 2018

Nombre de pages : 240.

Présentation :

This volume focuses on the relationship between Greek medical texts and their audience(s), offering insights into how not only the backgrounds and skills of medical authors but also the contemporary environment affected issues of readership, methodology and mode of exposition. One of the volume’s overarching aims is to add to our understanding of the role of the reader in the contextualisation of Greek medical literature in the light of interesting case-studies from various – often radically different – periods and cultures, including the Classical (such as the Hippocratic corpus) and Roman Imperial period (for instance Galen), and the Islamic and Byzantine world. Promoting, as it does, more in-depth research into the intricacies of Greek medical writings and their diverse revival and transformation from the fifth century BC down to the fourteenth century AD, this volume will be of interest to classicists, medical historians and anyone concerned with the reception of the Greek medical tradition.


Petros BOURAS-VALLIANATOS et Sophia XENOPHONTOS : « Introduction »

PART I The Classical World 

Stavros KOULOUMENTAS : « Alcmaeon and His Addressees: Revisiting the Incipit »  

Laurence TOTELIN : « Gone with the Wind: Laughter and the Audience of the Hippocratic Treatises » 

Chiara THUMIGER : « The Professional Audiences of the Hippocratic Epidemics: Patient Cases in Hippocratic Scientific Communication » (chapitre en open access sur le site de l’éditeur)

PART II The Imperial World 

Sophia XENOPHONTOS: « Galen’s Exhortation to the Study of Medicine: An Educational Work for Prospective Medical Students »

Michiel MEEUSEN : « An Interpretation of the Preface to Medical Puzzles and Natural Problems 1 by Ps.-Alexander of Aphrodisias in Light of Medical Education » 

PART III The Islamic World 

Uwe VAGELPOHL : « The User-Friendly Galen: Ḥunayn Ibn Isḥāq and the Adaptation of Greek Medicine for a New Audience » (chapitre en open access sur le site de l’éditeur)

Elvira WAKELNIG : « Medical Knowledge as Proof of the Creator’s Wisdom and the Arabic Reception of Galen’s On the Usefulness of the Parts » 

PART IV The Byzantine World 

Erika GIELEN : « Physician versus Physician: Comparing the Audience of On the Constitution of Man by Meletios and Epitome on the Nature of Men by Leo the Physician » 

Petros BOURAS-VALLIANATOS : « Reading Galen in Byzantium: The Fate of Therapeutics to Glaucon » (chapitre en open access sur le site de l’éditeur)

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