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Alphabet of Galen Pharmacy from Antiquity to the Middle Ages

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ISBN-10: 080209550X

ISBN-13: 9780802095503

Edition: 2012

Authors: Nicholas Everett

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The Alphabet of Galenis a critical edition and English translation of a textdescribing, in alphabetical order, nearly three hundred natural products - includingmetals, aromatics, animal materials, and herbs - and their medicinal uses. A Latintranslation of earlier Greek writings on pharmacy that have not survived, it circulatedamong collections of 'authorities' on medicine, including Hippocrates, Galen of Pergamun,Soranus, and Ps. Apuleius.This work presents interesting linguistic features,including otherwise unattested Greek and Latin technical terms and unique pharmacologicaldescriptions. Nicholas Everett provides a window onto the medieval translation of ancientscience and medieval…    
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Book details

List price: $56.00
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: University of Toronto Press
Publication date: 5/30/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 480
Size: 6.02" wide x 9.01" long x 1.07" tall
Weight: 1.584
Language: English

Nicholas Everett is an associate professor in the Department of History at the University of Toronto.

List of Plates
Acknowledgments
Signs, Symbols, and Abbreviations
The Identification of Plants
Warning
Introduction to the Alphabet of Galen
Introduction
Character of the AG and Its Date of Composition
The History of the AG
The Prologue and Epilogue
The Liber de dynamidiis
A Road through Ravenna?
Self-Medicating in Late Antiquity
Evaluating the .AG's Pharmacy
Evaluating the AG's Botany
Conclusion
Pharmacology
Introduction
Natural Products and Pharmacy
Sensory Perception
Drug 'Properties'
Four Main Properties, Implicit Theory, and Greek Cosmology
Uis vs uirtus
Humour, Bile, and Phlegm
Explicit Theorizing in the AG
The 'Doctrine of Signatures' and the Absence of Magic in the AG
Non-Medical Uses
Conclusion
Sources Compared and Lost
Introduction
Dioscorides
Pliny
Sextius Niger: The Possibility
Other Lost Sources BC to AD
Two Linguistic Echoes: The Diaeta Theodori and Ps. Apuleius
Conclusion
The Comparanda: An apparatus comparationum
Language, Latinity, and Translation
Introduction: Language and Dating the AG
Grammar
Vocabulary
Uiscidus and uiscide
The -aster / -astrum Suffix
Greek in the AG
Conclusion
Difficulties of Terminology and Translation
Neologisms and Rare Words
Manuscripts
Overview and Editorial Principles
Variants
Manuscripts
The Editio princeps
Alphabetum Galieni (Latin Text) / The Alphabet of Galen (English translation)
Bibliography
Index
Plants and Plant Products
Minerals and Mineral Products
Animals and Animal Products
Places and Place-Names
Medical
General
Interesting or Rare Words (see also ch. 4.I)
Materia medica (General)