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A Byzantine Encyclopaedia of Horse Medicine: The Sources, Compilation, and Transmission of the Hippiatrica

A Byzantine Encyclopaedia of Horse Medicine: The Sources, Compilation, and Transmission of the Hippiatrica

Hardback Oxford Studies in Byzantium

By (author) Anne McCabe

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  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Format: Hardback | 368 pages
  • Dimensions: 164mm x 232mm x 32mm | 739g
  • Publication date: 21 June 2007
  • Publication City/Country: Oxford
  • ISBN 10: 0199277559
  • ISBN 13: 9780199277551
  • Illustrations note: 24 pp colour plates
  • Sales rank: 1,258,644

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How were Greek texts on the care and medical treatment of the horse transmitted from antiquity to the present day? Using the evidence of Byzantine manuscripts of the veterinary compilation known as the Hippiatrica, Anne McCabe traces the journey of the texts from the stables to the medieval scriptorium and ultimately to the printed edition. Surviving manuscripts include both magnificent presentation copies and plain ones intended for use in the field. The Hippiatrica is a rich and little-known source of information about horses, medicine, and magic. This book provides a guide to its complex history as well as a host of fascinating details, and includes colour illustrations of a number of manuscript pages.

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Anne McCabe is Research Associate of the Centre for the Study of Ancient Documents in Oxford

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There are fascinating texts, waiting to be exploited by students of late antique language and literature and historians of religion and thought Philip van der Eijk, The Journal of Classics Teaching A Byzantine Encyclopaedia of Horse Medicine establishes a new standard work that will be consulted by those interested in the Hippiatric corpus as well as those undertaking broader research in the communication of scientific knowledge and its transmission through the centuries. Michael Decker, Bryn Mawr Classical Review ...most welcome and carefully written... John Scarborough, Times Literary Supplement

Table of contents

Introduction ; Manuscripts of the Hippiatrica ; Editions and translations ; Studies on the text ; The form of the Hippiatrica ; The sources of the Hippiatrica ; The compilation and evolution of the text ; Conclusions