Herodotus in Context: Ethnography, Science and the Art of Persuasion

Herodotus in Context Ethnography Science and the Art of Persuasion This book examines the Histories of Herodotus within the context of the intellectual climate of the mid to late fifth century BC Herodotus is read widely for his accounts of archaic Greek history but

  • Title: Herodotus in Context: Ethnography, Science and the Art of Persuasion
  • Author: Rosalind Thomas
  • ISBN: 9780521012416
  • Page: 239
  • Format: Paperback
  • This book examines the Histories of Herodotus within the context of the intellectual climate of the mid to late fifth century BC Herodotus is read widely for his accounts of archaic Greek history but his descriptions of Egypt, Scythia and Libya are equally fascinating Rosalind Thomas concentrates on the latter, along with Herodotus accounts of the wonders of nature andThis book examines the Histories of Herodotus within the context of the intellectual climate of the mid to late fifth century BC Herodotus is read widely for his accounts of archaic Greek history but his descriptions of Egypt, Scythia and Libya are equally fascinating Rosalind Thomas concentrates on the latter, along with Herodotus accounts of the wonders of nature and his methods of convincing his audiences, seeing these as part of the world of scientific inquiry and controversy familiar from the natural philosophers and medical works of the time.

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    1. "Finally, there is the matter of the beavers. The Boudinoi, autochthonous and nomadic, and not to be confused with the Gelonoi who were originally Greek, catch beavers, along with other 'square-faced animals' in a large lake (IV 108-9). The testicles of the beavers, Herodotus adds, 'are useful for the cure of the womb' (IV 109.2). What is astonishing here is that both product and use as described here correspond exactly with one element of Hippocratic pharmacology. For kastorion, or (as it was b [...]

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