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In the Grip of Disease: Studies in the Greek Imaginationby G. E. R. Lloyd
Pub. Date: 04/01/2003
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Who was in a position in Graeco-Roman antiquity to say what disease and true well-being really were, to diagnose them in the body or the mind, to identify the causes at work, and to bring about cures or at least relief in the problems as they were perceived? This comprehensive study explores Greek ideas about health and disease and their influence on Greek thought. Fundamental issues such as notions of the self, mind-body relations, gender difference, causation and responsibility, purification and pollution, authority and the expert and how these came to be challenged, reality and appearances, representations of the best ordering of the state and its 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, In the Grip of Disease offers for the first time an overview of the influence of Greek thought about disease on the Greek imagination. Particular attention is paid to accounts of real and imaginary plagues (the Iliad, Oedipus Tyrannus, Hippocratic writers, Thucydides, Lucretius), to the concurrent development of Hippocratic and temple medicine (cults of Asclepius and others), to the diagnosis of madness (Herodotus, the Bacchae), and to the rhetoric of the disease of the body politic and how it should be treated. The final chapter explores similarities and contrasts between Greek thought and modern views on such topics as madness, criminality, and creativity.
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