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The 'Hippocratic' Corpus

Content and Context, 1st Edition

By Elizabeth M. Craik

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Description

The Hippocratic Corpus comprises some sixty medical works of varying length, style and content. Collectively, this is the largest surviving body of early Greek prose. As such, it is an invaluable resource for scholars and students not only of ancient medicine but also of Greek life in general.

Hippocrates lived in the age of Socrates and most of the treatises seem to originate in the classical period. There is, however, no consensus on Hippocratic attribution. The ‘Hippocratic’ Corpus examines the works individually under the broad headings: 

  • content - each work is summarised for the reader
  • comment - the substance and style of each work is discussed
  • context is provided not just in relation to the corpus as a whole but also to the work’s wider relevance.

Whereas the scholar or student approaching, say, Euripides or Herodotus has a wealth of books available to provide introduction and orientation, no such study has existed for the Hippocratic Corpus. As The ‘Hippocratic’ Corpus has a substantial introduction, and as each work is summarised for the reader, it facilitates use and exploration of an important body of evidence by all interested in Greek medicine and society.

Elizabeth Craik is Honorary Professor at University of St Andrews and Visiting Professor at University of Newcastle, UK.

Reviews

"Craik’s glossary is praiseworthy for the way that it connects Greek terms consistently with English equivalents, when such translation contributes to clarity of concept. The ‘Hippocratic’ Corpus: Content and Context is a much-needed text, and Craik achieves her goal of providing simultaneously a general introduction and a reference work. This concise and comprehensive book is a useful tool both for those interested in learning more about the ‘Hippocratic’ Corpus and its component parts, and for scholars investigating research questions." - by Katherine D. van Schaik, Harvard University, BMCR

Table of Contents

Introduction

I Origin and Development of Greek Medicine

1. Aspects of the art of medicine

2. Intellectual context

3. Hippocrates and the ‘Hippocratic’ Corpus

II Principles and Methods

1. Grouping and approaching the ‘Hippocratic’ works

2. Reading and interpreting the ‘Hippocratic’ works

The ‘Hippocratic’ Works

Conclusion

Diversity, Authorship and Tradition

Glossary

Bibliography

Index of Authors and Texts

General Index

About the Originator

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HIS002000
HISTORY / Ancient / General