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Writings of Early Scholars in the Ancient Near East, Egypt, Rome, and Greece

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Medicine, astronomy, dealing with numbers ? even the cultures of the “pre-modern” world offer a rich spectrum of scientific texts. But how are they best translated? Is it sufficient to translate the sources into modern scientific language, and thereby, above all, to identify their deficits? Or would it be better to adopt the perspective of the sources themselves, strange as they are, only for them not to be properly understood by modern readers? Renowned representatives of various disciplines and traditions ...
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Overview

Medicine, astronomy, dealing with numbers ? even the cultures of the “pre-modern” world offer a rich spectrum of scientific texts. But how are they best translated? Is it sufficient to translate the sources into modern scientific language, and thereby, above all, to identify their deficits? Or would it be better to adopt the perspective of the sources themselves, strange as they are, only for them not to be properly understood by modern readers? Renowned representatives of various disciplines and traditions present a controversial and constructive discussion of these problems.
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"To this reviewer, the volume as a whole represents a major contribution to the cultural study of ancient sciences, which is only beginning to receive proper attention. The volume is well produced, and has extensive indices to help the reader."Xianhua Wang in: BMCR 2011.10.11
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9783110229929
  • Publisher: De Gruyter
  • Publication date: 11/16/2010
  • Language: German
  • Series: Beiträge Zur Altertumskunde Series , #286
  • Edition description: Bilingual
  • Pages: 452
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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Annette Imhausen, Goethe-Universität Frankfurt a.M.; Tanja Pommerening, Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz.
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