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By Liba Taub, Mary Jo Nye

ISBN-10: 0870711962

ISBN-13: 9780870711961

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 clinical details. Oregon nation college Press is proud to give this inaugural quantity within the Horning traveling students sequence. In historic Greece and Rome, lots of the technical literature on medical, mathematical, technological, and scientific topics was once written in prose, because it is this present day. besides the fact that, Greek and Roman poets produced an important variety of generally learn poems that handled clinical themes. Why may an writer decide upon poetry to provide an explanation for the wildlife? this query is complex by way of claims made, due to the fact antiquity, that the expansion of rational rationalization concerned the abandonment of poetry and the rejection of delusion in prefer of technological know-how. 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 technology at 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 offer a lens by which Taub considers the character of medical verbal exchange in historic Greece and Rome. common readers will relish Taub’s considerate dialogue in regards to the offerings on hand to historic authors to express their rules approximately science—as vital this day because it used to be in antiquity—while Taub’s cautious learn and full of life writing will interact classicists in addition to historians of technological know-how.

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86 Genres of Communicating Science����� | �� 25 Some of the letters are clearly communications between friends and colleagues, and have almost the flavor of a conversation; others, particularly the letters of Epicurus, were intended to be instructional, serving as brief summaries of his views for his students and followers. One of his letters, preserved by Diogenes Laertius (Book 10, 83-85), begins as follows: Epicurus to Pythocles, greeting. In your letter to me, of which Cleon was the bearer, you continue to show me affection which I have merited by my devotion to you, and you try, not without success, to recall the considerations which make for a happy life.

35 This proem has attracted a great deal of scholarly attention because here the Epicurean poet, who strenuously denies a role for the gods within our world, prays to a goddess to inspire his Scientific Poetry and the Limits of Myth����� | �� 41 poem. 646-51), Lucretius further articulates his views regarding the role of gods: For perfect peace gods by their very nature Must of necessity enjoy, and immortal life, Far separate, far removed from our affairs. 40 So why did Lucretius begin his poem with a hymn to Venus?

25 But Aristotle’s assessment ������������� | ��������� Chapter 2 of Empedocles may be an indication that—by Aristotle’s time— there was some question as to whether poetry was an appropriate vehicle for philosophical ideas; this may be why he insists that Empedocles is not a poet, but a physicist. ” An indication of the important and varied roles of poetry was provided by the Greek writer Strabo (born about 64 BCE, died after 21 CE), known for his work on geography. He explained that Eratosthenes contends that the aim of every poet is to entertain, not to instruct.

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