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Title: Aetius of Amida. Libri Medicinales Book 1 : a translation with commentary
Author: Gowling, Eric
ISNI:       0000 0004 5917 0303
Awarding Body: University of Glasgow
Current Institution: University of Glasgow
Date of Award: 2015
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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.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
Keywords: PA Classical philology