Power and Knowledge: Astrology, Physiognomics, and Medicine under the Roman Empire

Power and Knowledge: Astrology, Physiognomics, and Medicine under the Roman Empire

by Tamsyn Barton
     
 

ISBN-10: 0472088521

ISBN-13: 9780472088522

Pub. Date: 12/20/2002

Publisher: University of Michigan Press

Power and Knowledge charts a history of three ancient scientiae in the Roman Empire—astrology, medical prognosis, and physiognomy (the art of discerning character or destiny from a person's physique). Drawing on contemporary approaches in social theory and the philosophy of science, Tamsyn Barton argues that the ancient sciences are best

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Power and Knowledge charts a history of three ancient scientiae in the Roman Empire—astrology, medical prognosis, and physiognomy (the art of discerning character or destiny from a person's physique). Drawing on contemporary approaches in social theory and the philosophy of science, Tamsyn Barton argues that the ancient sciences are best understood in terms of rhetoric, as their practitioners are involved in sociopolitical struggles and their disciplines are rooted in Greco-Roman cultural norms and practices.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780472088522
Publisher:
University of Michigan Press
Publication date:
12/20/2002
Series:
The Body, In Theory: Histories of Cultural Materialism
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.90(d)

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