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Classical authors used either prose and poetry to discover and clarify the wildlife. In Aetna and the Moon, Liba Taub examines the diversity of the way within which historic Greeks and Romans conveyed medical details. Oregon nation college Press is proud to provide this inaugural quantity within the Horning vacationing students sequence. In old Greece and Rome, many of the technical literature on medical, mathematical, technological, and clinical topics was once written in prose, because it is this day. besides the fact that, Greek and Roman poets produced an important variety of commonly learn poems that handled clinical themes. Why may an writer pick out poetry to give an explanation for the wildlife? this query is advanced through claims made, for the reason that antiquity, that the expansion of rational rationalization concerned the abandonment of poetry and the rejection of delusion in desire of technological know-how. Taub makes use of texts to discover how medical rules have been disseminated within the old international. The nameless writer of the Latin Aetna poem defined the technological know-how at the back of the volcano Etna with poetry. The Greek writer Plutarch juxtaposed clinical and mythic motives in his discussion at the Face at the Moon. either texts supply a lens in which Taub considers the character of clinical conversation in historic Greece and Rome. normal readers will have fun with Taub’s considerate dialogue about the offerings on hand to old authors to express their rules approximately science—as vital this day because it used to be in antiquity—while Taub’s cautious study and full of life writing will interact classicists in addition to historians of technology.

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But he is concerned not only with explaining Etna: throughout the poem he urges his readers to participate and engage in studying ������������� | ��������� Chapter 2 natural phenomena; he also offers numerous examples and hints regarding what is—in his view—good “scientific” practice, while also providing examples of what should be avoided. At 222-251, the poet offers what is almost an “ode” to physical enquiry. He acknowledges that the task is demanding: “Infinite is the toil, yet fruitful too.

Many of our poet’s views on acceptable scientific practice resonate not only with the teachings of Epicurus, but also with the works of other authors, including Theophrastus and Seneca. ” (117-19). The Aetna poet repeatedly commends observation. Arguing that “confined winds have liberating vents which are concealed” (13435), he emphasizes that “proofs of this through facts indisputable, proofs which hold the eye, the earth will give you in due order” (135-36). ” (140-41). Our poet recommends another method of scientific explanation used by many natural philosophers, including Aristotle: drawing analogies to everyday experience.

It is not my goal to try to explain what the traditional gods are doing in these poems, but to point out that they are there (and probably for different reasons for different poets). In any case, the gods have not been totally excluded, nor have they disappeared. ������������� | ��������� Chapter 2 The choice of genre makes this work particularly intriguing, because the author, who self-consciously presents himself as a poet, criticizes poetry as conveying false legends. Near the beginning of the poem (lines 29-35), the poet cautions: First, let none be deceived by the fictions poets tell—that Aetna is the home of a god, that the fire gushing from her swollen jaws is Vulcan’s fire, and that the echo in that cavernous prison comes from his restless work.

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