Aetius of Amida. Libri Medicinales Book 1: A Translation with Commentary

Gowling, Eric (2015) Aetius of Amida. Libri Medicinales Book 1: A Translation with Commentary. PhD thesis, University of Glasgow.

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This work is the first translation into a modern language of book 1 of the Libri Medicinales of Aëtius of Amida, a Byzantine physician who wrote in the middle of the 6th century AD. It comprises a lengthy preface, describing the analysis of pharmacological materials in terms of the science of the time, followed by 418 chapters, listing such materials obtained from plants. Commentary is to be found in the Introduction, as well as a running commentary after each part of the preface and each chapter. As Aëtius’ book 1 is a synopsis of the plants section of Galen’s On the Mixtures and Capacities of Simple Drugs, particular attention is paid to comparison between Aëtius’ work and that of Galen. Evaluation of the efficacy and safety of the ancient drugs in the light of modern scientific knowledge, a relatively neglected area of research, has also been given serious consideration.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Qualification Level: Doctoral
Additional Information: Due to copyright restrictions the full text of this thesis cannot be made available online. Access to the printed version is available once any embargo periods have expired.
Keywords: Aetius of Amida book 1, synopsis from Galen, ancient medicine
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PA Classical philology
Colleges/Schools: College of Arts & Humanities > School of Humanities > Classics
Supervisor's Name: Ruffell, Dr. Ian
Date of Award: 2015
Depositing User: Mr Eric Gowling
Unique ID: glathesis:2015-6174
Copyright: Copyright of this thesis is held by Humboldt University.
Date Deposited: 17 Apr 2015 14:32
Last Modified: 09 Oct 2019 12:03
Thesis DOI: 10.5525/gla.thesis.6174

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