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Healing Goddesses and the Legitimization of Professional asûs in the Mesopotamian Medical Marketplace
This volume exposes one of the world’s oldest medical marketplaces and the emergence of medical professionalization within it. Through an unprecedented analysis of the Mesopotamian healing goddesses as well as asûs, a diverse group of “healers”, Irene Sibbing-Plantholt demonstrates that from the Middle Babylonian period onwards, the goddess Gula was employed as a divine legitimization model for scholarly, professional asûs. With this work, Sibbing-Plantholt provides a unique insight in processes of medical competition and legitimization in ancient Mesopotamia, which speak to similar processes in other societies.
A wide range of specialists provide a comprehensive overview of the reception of Pythagorean ideas in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, shedding new light especially on the understudied ‘Medieval Pythagoras’ of the Latin West. They also explore the survival of Pythagoreanism in the Arabic, Jewish, and Persian cultures, thus adopting a multicultural perspective. Their common concern is to detect the sources of this reception, and to follow their circulation in diverse linguistic areas. The reader can thus have a panoramic view of the major themes belonging to the Pythagorean heritage – number philosophy and the sciences of the quadrivium; ethics and way of life; theology, metaphysics and the soul – until the Early Modern times.
In: Brill's Companion to the Reception of Pythagoras and Pythagoreanism in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance
In: Brill's Companion to the Reception of Pythagoras and Pythagoreanism in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance
In: Brill's Companion to the Reception of Pythagoras and Pythagoreanism in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance
In: Brill's Companion to the Reception of Pythagoras and Pythagoreanism in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance
In: Brill's Companion to the Reception of Pythagoras and Pythagoreanism in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance
In: Brill's Companion to the Reception of Pythagoras and Pythagoreanism in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance
In: Brill's Companion to the Reception of Pythagoras and Pythagoreanism in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance