Aetna and the Moon Explaining Nature in Ancient Greece and by Liba Taub, Mary Jo Nye

By Liba Taub, Mary Jo Nye

Classical authors used either prose and poetry to discover and clarify the wildlife. In Aetna and the Moon, Liba Taub examines the diversity of how within which historical Greeks and Romans conveyed medical details. Oregon country college Press is proud to provide this inaugural quantity within the Horning vacationing students sequence. In historic Greece and Rome, many of the technical literature on medical, mathematical, technological, and scientific matters used to be written in prose, because it is this present day. although, Greek and Roman poets produced an important variety of extensively learn poems that handled clinical themes. Why might an writer pick out poetry to provide an explanation for the wildlife? this query is advanced through claims made, on account that antiquity, that the expansion of rational clarification concerned the abandonment of poetry and the rejection of fantasy in desire of technology. Taub makes use of texts to discover how clinical principles have been disseminated within the historic global. The nameless writer of the Latin Aetna poem defined the technological know-how in the back of the volcano Etna with poetry. The Greek writer Plutarch juxtaposed medical and mythic factors in his discussion at the Face at the Moon. either texts supply a lens during which Taub considers the character of medical verbal exchange in historical Greece and Rome. normal readers will have fun with Taub’s considerate dialogue in regards to the offerings to be had to old authors to express their rules approximately science—as vital this present day because it used to be in antiquity—while Taub’s cautious examine and full of life writing will have interaction classicists in addition to historians of technological know-how.

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But he emphasizes that the most important task for humans is “to know the earth and mark all the many wonders nature has yielded there” (252-53). This is, he stresses, “for us a task more akin than the stars of heaven” (254): For what kind of hope is it for mortal man, what madness could be greater—that he should wish to wander and explore in Jove’s domain and yet pass by the mighty fabric before his feet and lose it in his negligence? (255-57) Our poet bemoans the trivial matters with which most people are concerned, what he regards as a greedy preoccupation with overflowing barns and full wine-casks.

35 This proem has attracted a great deal of scholarly attention because here the Epicurean poet, who strenuously denies a role for the gods within our world, prays to a goddess to inspire his Scientific Poetry and the Limits of Myth����� | �� 41 poem. 646-51), Lucretius further articulates his views regarding the role of gods: For perfect peace gods by their very nature Must of necessity enjoy, and immortal life, Far separate, far removed from our affairs. 40 So why did Lucretius begin his poem with a hymn to Venus?

In the case of both problem texts and doxography, the form of the genre was closely related to and in part determined by the philosophical methods being advocated. The style of philosophizing that originates in a difficulty, question, or puzzle being raised for discussion is sometimes called “aporetic” by philosophers (Greek aporia = difficulty, question, or puzzle). g. 72 He explains that: for those who wish to get clear of difficulties [for example, philosophers] it is advantageous to state the difficulties well; for the subsequent free play of thought implies the solution of the previous difficulties, and it is not possible to untie a knot which one does not know.

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