By Liba Taub, Mary Jo Nye
Classical authors used either prose and poetry to discover and clarify the flora and fauna. In Aetna and the Moon, Liba Taub examines the diversity of how within which historic Greeks and Romans conveyed medical details. Oregon kingdom collage Press is proud to offer this inaugural quantity within the Horning vacationing students sequence. In historic Greece and Rome, lots of the technical literature on medical, mathematical, technological, and clinical matters used to be written in prose, because it is this present day. besides the fact that, Greek and Roman poets produced an important variety of extensively learn poems that handled medical subject matters. Why could an writer decide on poetry to provide an explanation for the wildlife? this query is complex by means of claims made, considering the fact that antiquity, that the expansion of rational rationalization concerned the abandonment of poetry and the rejection of fable in want of technology. Taub makes use of texts to discover how medical principles have been disseminated within the historical global. The nameless writer of the Latin Aetna poem defined the technological know-how in the back of the volcano Etna with poetry. The Greek writer Plutarch juxtaposed medical and mythic factors in his discussion at the Face at the Moon. either texts offer a lens during which Taub considers the character of medical conversation in historical Greece and Rome. basic readers will relish Taub’s considerate dialogue about the offerings to be had to historical authors to show their principles approximately science—as vital at the present time because it was once in antiquity—while Taub’s cautious examine and energetic writing will have interaction classicists in addition to historians of technology.
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K. C. ”9 While such pronouncements may have been made lightly, there may also have been an element of seriousness. Within some definitions of mythology, the accounts of the traditional gods and their activities may be understood, quite reasonably, as a form of explanation. There was an ancient tradition of regarding the earliest poets, Homer and Hesiod, as intellectuals; standing at the fountainheads of tradition, they helped shape intellectual agendas. 10 One approach adopted by some ancient readers was to provide a “rationalizing” interpretation of the epic poems, through adopting an allegorical reading; as an example of this approach, the thirdcentury CE philosopher Porphyry pointed to the suggestion by Theagenes of Rhegium (flourished c.
Myth was treated at times by some ancient philosophers, including Plato, as an acceptable form of description and explanation. ) suggested, perhaps jokingly, that Homer and Hesiod were the fathers of ancient philosophy. W. K. C. ”9 While such pronouncements may have been made lightly, there may also have been an element of seriousness. Within some definitions of mythology, the accounts of the traditional gods and their activities may be understood, quite reasonably, as a form of explanation. There was an ancient tradition of regarding the earliest poets, Homer and Hesiod, as intellectuals; standing at the fountainheads of tradition, they helped shape intellectual agendas.
75 Question-and-answer texts follow a basic pattern in which a question is posed and an answer is provided. The answers may range from rather brief (a few lines) to somewhat lengthy (the equivalent of several pages). 76 Collections of questions focusing on nature include the Pseudo-Aristotelian Problems and Seneca’s Natural Questions (or Questions about Nature). 77 Several of the books are specifically concerned with problems related to meteorological phenomena: Book 25 deals with air and Book 26 with wind.