By Liba Taub, Mary Jo Nye
Classical authors used either prose and poetry to discover and clarify the wildlife. In Aetna and the Moon, Liba Taub examines the diversity of the way within which old Greeks and Romans conveyed clinical details. Oregon country college Press is proud to give this inaugural quantity within the Horning vacationing students sequence. In old Greece and Rome, lots of the technical literature on medical, mathematical, technological, and clinical matters used to be written in prose, because it is this day. even though, Greek and Roman poets produced an important variety of generally learn poems that handled clinical themes. Why may an writer decide on poetry to give an explanation for the flora and fauna? this question is complex by means of claims made, given that antiquity, that the expansion of rational clarification concerned the abandonment of poetry and the rejection of delusion in prefer of technology. Taub makes use of texts to discover how clinical principles have been disseminated within the old global. The nameless writer of the Latin Aetna poem defined the technology at the back of the volcano Etna with poetry. The Greek writer Plutarch juxtaposed medical and mythic motives in his discussion at the Face at the Moon. either texts offer a lens in which Taub considers the character of clinical conversation in historical Greece and Rome. normal readers will have fun with Taub’s considerate dialogue in regards to the offerings to be had to historical authors to exhibit their principles approximately science—as very important this day because it used to be in antiquity—while Taub’s cautious learn and full of life writing will have interaction classicists in addition to historians of technology.
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R. D. ”65 If the Aetna poet was writing in reaction to other texts, those texts are not now known to us; those other poems that mention Etna do so only briefly, without the sustained discussion and explanation offered by our poet. Our poet uses poetry to criticize other poets’ use of poetry; he is wary of some of the conventions associated with poetry, in particular the tendency for poets to offer mythologically based stories and explanations of natural phenomena. Nevertheless, he aligns himself with a particular tradition, that of Latin didactic Scientific Poetry and the Limits of Myth����� | �� 53 poetry, and we see some echoes of other poets in his work.
11 The earliest surviving Greek texts, the Homeric and Hesiodic poems, provide evidence that many phenomena were traditionally ������������� | ��������� Chapter 2 linked to the gods. ” Many of these phenomena, including storms, lightning, and thunder, are potentially dangerous and particularly frightening; traditional mythology offered explanations of meteorological events as acts or epiphanies of gods, and traditional religion provided ways to cope with the danger and fear. 12 In most of the ancient philosophical schools there was an assumption of some “divine” (that is, eternal) presence in the cosmos; in some cases, the cosmos itself was thought to be divine.
80 This is the sort of question we can imagine being answered by one of the physikoi. Book 15 deals with questions concerning mathematical theory, for example, question 10: Why are the shadows thrown by the moon longer than those thrown by the sun, though both are thrown by the same perpendicular object? Is it because the sun is higher than the moon, and so the ray from the higher point must fall within that from the lower point? Let AD be the gnomon [shadow caster], B the moon, and C the sun. The ray from the moon is BF, so that the shadow will be DF; but the ray from the sun is CE, and its shadow therefore will necessarily be less, viz.
Aetna and the Moon Explaining Nature in Ancient Greece and Rome by Liba Taub, Mary Jo Nye