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Gail Fine

70 False belief in the Theaetetus GAIL FINE 1. It is often supposed that Plato regards knowledge as some kind of acquaintance, so that knowing consists in some sort of grasping or hitting, the only alternative to which is not hitting, or missing. Knowledge is an all or nothing, hit or miss

W.R. Chalmers

s Parmenides and the Beliefs of Mortals 1 W. R. CHALMERS HE THREE main parts of Parmenides' poem are apt to receive rather unequal treatment at the hands of many historians of Ancient Philosophy. From early times there has been a tendency to con- centrate attention upon the Way of Truth and

A.H.M. Kessels

KNIGHT, Elysion. Ancient Greek and Roman Beliefs Concerning Life After Death. London, Rider, 1970. 208 p. Pr. £ 2.50 (£ 1.25 paper). During his lifetime W. F. Jackson Knight (J. K.) earned a deserved fame as a classical scholar. This fact seems to justify the posthumous publication of some of his

The Art is Long

On the Sacred Disease and the Scientific Tradition


Julie Laskaris

This volume examines the fifth-century medical treatise, On the Sacred Disease, as a sophistic speech, and considers its position within the scientific tradition. The first part concerns conceptions of science, magic, and medicine; and establishes the antiquity of medicine as a specialized skill. The latter part analyzes the treatise in light of sophistic oratory, and explores its reception of traditional beliefs. This analysis shows that traditional beliefs, competition, and rhetoric contributed to the intellectual tradition of science. Traditional views are shown to have influenced ideas concerning physiology, and disease aetiology and transmission, Competition, expressed in the terms of sophistic debate, sharpened the author's arguments. On the Sacred Disease is important evidence for the influence on fifth-century medicine of both sophistic rhetoric and of older medical traditions.

Thomas Blackson

The Stoics thought that once human beings become rational, 1 they immediately form false beliefs 2 about what is good and what is bad. There are no exceptions. Even the sage once had false beliefs about the value of things. 3 The dispute among the Stoics was not about whether this

James Gerrard

The recent discovery of a large hoard of copper-alloy, pewter and iron vessels in a late 4th to early 5th c. well at Drapers’ Gardens in the City of London highlights the role that wells and shafts played in late antique ritual life. Examination of the well’s contents reveals that these ‘pots and pans’ were not hidden in a time of crisis but were carefully placed alongside ritually killed objects and a dismembered juvenile red deer in a complex ritual act. This paper undertakes a speculative exploration of this act’s significance and its possible meaning.