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In: Homo Patiens - Approaches to the Patient in the Ancient World
Author: Giulia Ecca

Abstract

The work entitled De hirudinibus, revulsione, cucurbitula, incisione et scarificatione is composed of four different texts and has been attributed to Galen of Pergamum in the manuscript tradition. A new analysis of this work sheds light on striking parallels with passages of important encyclopedists from late antiquity, like Oribasius of Pergamum and Aetius. This comparison demonstrates that with all probability the work is the result of a late antique selection of texts ascribed to Galen.

In: AION (filol.) Annali dell'Università degli Studi di Napoli "L'Orientale"
Author: Giulia Ecca
Antiquity and the Middle Ages

Wolfgang Kullmann, Philosophie und Wissenschaft in der Antike. Kleine Schriften zu ihrer Geschichte und ihrer Bedeutung für die Gegenwart. Stuttgart: Franz Steiner Verlag (“Philosophie der Antike”), 2010. 361 pp., ISBN 978-3-515-08209-9.

This volume collects fifteen articles by Wolfgang Kullmann on important philosophical issues of ancient science. All have been published before, except the penultimate article on the concept of time in antiquity (pp. 223-246). Most of the contributions are focused on single authors in a chronological order, but the last three concern broader themes treated by authors of different periods.

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In: Nuncius
Author: Giulia Ecca

Julie Giovacchini, L’Empirisme d’Épicure. Paris: Classiques Garnier, 2012. 228 pp., ISBN 978-2812405044.

Antiquity and the Middle Ages

Julie Giovacchini’s book is the outcome of her PhD thesis, which she defended at the Ecole Normale Supérieure under the supervision of Professor Francis Wolff in 2007. The author investigates in depth the main coordinates of the empirical method of knowledge in the Epicurean philosophy, analysing some important evidence provided in particular by Philodemus, Diogenes of Oenoanda and Lucretius as well as by the indirect testimony of Diogenes Laertius and Sextus Empiricus. For this purpose, Giovacchini draws attention to

In: Nuncius
Author: Giulia Ecca

Robert Mayhew (ed.), The Aristotelian Problemata Physica. Philosophical and Scientific Investigations (Philosophia Antiqua 139.) Leiden and Boston: Brill 2015, pp. xvi + 467, ills, Cased, 168 €, ISBN: 9789004280854.

The Problemata Physica is a collection of thirty-eight books attributed to Aristotle in the manuscript tradition. Overall, this collection contains almost nine hundred chapters (or ‘problemata’) in the question-answer format, which cover a wide range of scientific and philosophical subjects. The attribution to Aristotle is false, but most of the problemata show a clear consistency with the Peripatetic philosophy, so that they could

In: Nuncius
Author: Giulia Ecca

Caroline Petit, Galien de Pergame ou la rhétorique de la Providence. Médecine, littérature et pouvoir à Rome, Leiden-Boston: Brill, 2018, pp. XVII + 292, 119€, ISBN: 978-90-04-38096-7.

Galen of Pergamon (129–216 AD) is undoubtedly the most famous physician of the Roman Imperial Period and one of the most important of the whole Antiquity. However, Galen was not just a physician: for he also received a solid mathematical, philosophical, and rhetorical education, in line with the usual curriculum followed by students coming from wealthy families. It is well known that Galen’s production is very extensive: it

In: Nuncius