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    Classification, explanation and experience: mental disorder in Graeco-Roman antiquity

    Singer, Peter (2020) Classification, explanation and experience: mental disorder in Graeco-Roman antiquity. In: Steinert, U. (ed.) Systems of Classification in Premodern Medical Cultures Sickness, Health, and Local Epistemologies. Abingdon, UK: Routledge, pp. 279-306. ISBN 9781138571129.

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    This paper offers an exploration of the nature and principles of ancient Graeco-Roman disease classification. It does so with a particular focus on mental or psychological disorders, though this analysis will be contextualised within the larger picture of Graeco-Roman medical disease classification, its methodology, procedures and aims. Particular attention will be paid to Galen of Pergamon (second century CE) – our richest medical source and also a particularly interesting locus for study of the interface between medical and philosophical approaches – but this author will be considered in close comparison with our other major medical sources for mental disorders in the Roman imperial period, in particular Aulus Cornelius Celsus (first century CE), Aretaeus of Cappadocia (second century CE) and Caelius Aurelianus (fifth century CE), and also contextualised through an overview of broader historical developments from the classical (ca. fifth century BCE) to the late antique (ca. fifth to seventh century CE) period.


    Item Type: Book Section
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Historical Studies
    Depositing User: Peter Singer
    Date Deposited: 29 Mar 2021 08:38
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 17:51


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