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Polisemia di nòmos e l'esordio di Hipp. de genitura

By Giorgianni F.

Abstract

Far from being, as has been said, \u201cthe bizarrest beginning of all the Hippocratic writings (...) deserving of therapy\u201d, this paper aims to show that the opening words of the Hippocratic writing \u201cOn Generation\u201d (\u3bd\u3cc\u3bc\u3bf\u3f2 \u3bc\u1f72\u3bd \u3c0\u3ac\u3bd\u3c4\u3b1 \u3ba\u3c1\u3b1\u3c4\u3cd\u3bd\u3b5\u3b9), in itself echoing a famous Pindaric motto, seem to be used first of all in order to evoke a cultural, intellectual and scientific world, in which the n\uf2mos has become one of the most important keywords of the time. From this point of view, the Pindaric quotation seems to be played out on the wide semantic range of n\uf2mos as well as on the ambiguous meaning of the verb \u3ba\u3c1\u3b1\u3c4\u3cd\u3bd\u3c9, which in this embryological context denote specifically the consolidation and hardening process of the human embryo. Also, there is no need to correct, with some scholars, the Pindaric \u3bd\u3cc\u3bc\u3bf\u3f2 of the mss. into the incoherent \u3bd\u3bf\u3bc\u3cc\u3f2 (\u201cnutriment\u201d)

Topics: Nomos, Hippocratic Corpus, Ancient Greek Medicine, the Hippocratic writing de genitura (On Semen), Settore L-FIL-LET/02 - Lingua E Letteratura Greca
Publisher: country:IT
Year: 2016
DOI identifier: 10.1400/240211
OAI identifier: oai:iris.unipa.it:10447/181864
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