Heroic Measures: Hippocratic Medicine In The Making Of by Jennifer Kosak

By Jennifer Kosak

This e-book demonstrates the significance of Greek scientific proposal within the paintings of Euripides. the 1st a part of the ebook argues for the importance of the therapeutic determine in Euripidean drama, whereas the second one half analyzes the function of conventional and rationalist therapeutic options within the building of Euripidean plots and arguments. The paintings could be of curiosity to these pursuing experiences in Greek drama, Greek highbrow heritage and Greek medication.

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28 For a discussion of common perceptions of healers and medicine in classical antiquity and on the importance of logos in the success of medical treatment, see Nutton (1985). 29 Indeed, some of the more theoretical of Hippocratic treatises, such as The Art, are practically hymns to technê. R. Lloyd has demonstrated the competitive nature of Greek medicine and the importance of rhetoric and debate in the construction of many medical treatments; see Lloyd (1979) and (1987). For the issue of oral delivery, see Thomas (1993).

55 To interpret the appeal of the statement in Breaths to a fifth-century audience, it will be useful to examine some other contexts in which the ideas put forward by the author appear. Such a discussion will bring us more fully into the literature of the classical period and indeed into the heart of our analysis proper. The writer’s statement, I argue, has connotations that are worked out in positive and negative directions in two tragedies, Aeschylus’ Prometheus Bound and Euripides’ Hippolytus.

Cf. also Lidz (1995) for the importance of the medical model in Plato’s ethics. 22 Edelstein (1967), against the prevailing views of scholarship, argues that Eryximachus should be taken quite seriously. While he makes a number of useful observations (especially concerning Eryximachus’ role as a catalyst for the topos and progress of the conversation [164]), his argument that Plato’s portrait of this iatros and his recommendations is a largely complimentary one seems problematic to me, given how the other characters tend to tease him and given his attack of hiccups.

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