Aetna and the Moon Explaining Nature in Ancient Greece and by Liba Taub, Mary Jo Nye

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 range of how during which historic Greeks and Romans conveyed medical details. Oregon kingdom collage Press is proud to provide this inaugural quantity within the Horning traveling students sequence. In historical Greece and Rome, lots of the technical literature on clinical, mathematical, technological, and clinical topics used to be written in prose, because it is at the present time. even if, Greek and Roman poets produced an important variety of extensively learn poems that handled medical subject matters. Why could an writer opt for poetry to provide an explanation for the wildlife? this question is complex through claims made, considering the fact that antiquity, that the expansion of rational clarification concerned the abandonment of poetry and the rejection of fantasy in prefer of technological know-how. Taub makes use of texts to discover how clinical rules have been disseminated within the old international. 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 reasons in his discussion at the Face at the Moon. either texts supply a lens during which Taub considers the character of clinical verbal exchange in historical Greece and Rome. basic readers will savour Taub’s considerate dialogue in regards to the offerings on hand to historic authors to show their principles approximately science—as very important at the present time because it was once in antiquity—while Taub’s cautious examine and vigorous writing will have interaction classicists in addition to historians of technological know-how.

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325 CE), Asclepius of Tralles (died c. 560/570 CE), and Philoponus Genres of Communicating Science����� | 27 �� (c. 90 Commentaries As part of the developing literary culture of the “book,” the didactic and scholarly traditions produced a variety of handbooks, epitomes, and commentaries; the works of Aristotle and mathematical texts (including Nicomachus’) were often the subject of such treatments. 14) makes it clear that he is working within a culture of the “book,” a culture of both reading and writing.

The commentary continued to be a key genre for the medieval period. Typically, a passage from the ancient source is quoted, and then a comment appended, which may be of any length, from one sentence to several pages. Additionally, the commentator may refer to other works, by the author of the target text, or other writers. ”92 He discusses the passage at length, making references to both Aristotle’s On the Heavens and Plato’s Timaeus. 93 The commentary in some ways represents the culmination of the movement from oral forms of discourse to the establishment of new written traditions, which are in themselves text-focused.

Both works begin with definitions. 1-2): The circle of the signs is divided into 12 parts, and each of the sections is designated both by the common term “twelfth-part” and by a particular name taken from the stars that it contains and by which each sign is formed. 88 Here, as in some other texts we have considered, it is relatively easy to imagine that Geminus’ Introduction would have supplemented lectures; students may well have appreciated a written text to consult before and after the oral presentation.

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