Diocles of Carystus. Volume One, Text and Translation

A Collection of the Fragments with Translation and Commentary


Diocles of Carystus (4th century BCE), also known as "the younger Hippocrates", was one of the most prominent medical authorities in antiquity. He wrote extensively on a wide range of areas such as anatomy, physiology, pathology, therapeutics, embryology, gynaecology, dietetics, foods and poisons. In his writings, he betrays strong philosophical influence, and his views present striking connections with the Hippocratic Corpus, Plato, Aristotle and Theophrastus. The study of Diocles' ideas has long been hampered by the absence of a reliable collection of the remaining evidence. This book presents and discusses all the fragments and testimonies to Diocles' views. The first volume presents the Greek, Latin and Arabic sources with facing English translation. The second volume (publication April 2001) provides a commentary on the fragments and places them in their intellectual context.

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Biographical Note

Philip J. van der Eijk, Ph.D. (1991) Leiden, is Professor of Greek at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne. He has published widely on ancient medicine, philosophy, science, comparative literature and patristics. He is the author of Aristoteles. De insomniis. De divinatione per somnum (Berlin, 1994), editor of Ancient Histories of Medicine (Leiden, 1999), and co-editor of Ancient Medicine in its Socio-Cultural Context (Amsterdam-Atlanta, 1995).


All those interested in the classical world, ancient medicine and philosophy, the history of medicine and science, the history of ideas. All quotations from the classical languages are translated.

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