In the Grip of Disease: Studies in the Greek Imagination

Paperback | November 10, 2005

byG. E. R. Lloyd

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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 challengethem, 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 firstcomprehensive account of the influence of Greek thought about health and disease on the Greek imagination.

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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 challengethem, reality and appearances, good government, ...

G. E. R. Lloyd is Emeritus Professor of Ancient Philosophy and Science at the University of Cambridge
Format:PaperbackDimensions:280 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.61 inPublished:November 10, 2005Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199275874

ISBN - 13:9780199275878

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Table of Contents

1. Anthropological Perspectives2. Archaic Literature and Masters of Truth3. Secularization and Sacralization4. Tragedy5. The Historians6. Plato7. Aristotle8. After Aristotle: Or Did Anything Change?9. Epilogue

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`Those already familiar with Lloyd's discussions of ancient science, philosophy and medicine will be interested to read through his eyes Greek epic poetry, tragedy, and history.'Social History of Medicine