In the Grip of Disease: Studies in the Greek Imagination

In the Grip of Disease: Studies in the Greek Imagination

Hardback Language: English / Greek, Ancient (to 1453) / Latin

By (author) G. E. R. Lloyd

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  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Format: Hardback | 280 pages
  • Language: English / Greek, Ancient (to 1453) / Latin
  • Dimensions: 146mm x 220mm x 26mm | 440g
  • Publication date: 10 April 2003
  • Publication City/Country: Oxford
  • ISBN 10: 0199253234
  • ISBN 13: 9780199253234
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations

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This original and lively book explores Greek ideas about health and disease and their influence on Greek thought. Fundamental issues such as causation and responsibility, purification and pollution, mind-body relations and gender differences, authority and the expert and who can challenge them, reality and appearances, good government, happiness, and good and evil themselves are deeply implicated. Using the evidence not just from Greek medical theory and practice but also from epic, lyric, tragedy, historiography, philosophy, and religion, G. E. R. Lloyd offers the first comprehensive account of the influence of Greek thought about health and disease on the Greek imagination.

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G. E. R. Lloyd is Emeritus Professor of Ancient Philosophy and Science at the University of Cambridge

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This study is impressive. Lloyd ... emphasizes the diversity of classical approaches to disease as much as any common ground. Rebecca Flemming, TLS

Table of contents

1. Anthropological Perspectives ; 2. Archaic Literature and Masters of Truth ; 3. Secularization and Sacralization ; 4. Tragedy ; 5. The Historians ; 6. Plato ; 7. Aristotle ; 8. After Aristotle: Or Did Anything Change? ; 9. Epilogue