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Title: Galen and the World of Knowledge
Author: Gill, Christopher Tim Whitmarsh, John Wilkins (eds)
Publisher: Cambridge University Press; Publication Date: 2010
Hardcover; ISBN: 9780521767514
Volumes: 1; Pages: 346
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Galen is the most important medical writer in Graeco-Roman antiquity, and also extremely valuable for understanding Graeco-Roman thought and society in the second century A.D.. This volume of new essays locates him firmly in the intellectual life of his period, and thus aims to make better sense of the medical and philosophical "world of knowledge" that he tries to create. How did Galen present himself as a reader and an author in comparison with other intellectuals of his day? Above all, how did he fashion himself as a medical practitioner, and how does that self-fashioning relate to the performance culture of second-century Rome? Did he see medicine as taking over some of the traditional roles of philosophy? These and other questions are freshly addressed by leading international experts on Galen and the intellectual life of the period, in a stimulating collection that combines learning with accessibility.ContentsIntroduction Christopher Gill, Tim Whitmarsh and John Wilkins1. Galen's library Vivian Nutton2. Conventions of prefatory self-presentation in Galen's On the Order of My Own Books Jason K�nig3. Demiurge and emperor in Galen's world of knowledge Rebecca Flemming4. Shock and awe: the performance dimension of Galen's anatomy demonstrations Maud Gleason5. Galen's un-Hippocratic case-histories G. E. R. Lloyd6. Staging the past, staging oneself: Galen on Hellenistic exegetical traditions Heinrich von Staden7. Galen and Hippocratic medicine: language and practice Daniela Manetti8. Galen's Bios and Methodos: from ways of life to paths of knowledge V�ronique Boudon-Millot9. Does Galen have a medical programme for intellectuals and the faculties of the intellect? Jacques Jouanna10. Galen on the limitations of knowledge R. J. Hankinson11. Galen and Middle Platonism Riccardo Chiaradonna12. 'Aristotle! What a thing for you to say!' Galen's engagement with Aristotle and Aristotelians Philip van der Eijk13. Galen and the Stoics, or: the art of not naming Teun Tieleman.