The Open UniversitySkip to content
 

Creating the world: the origins of all things in ancient Greek myth and medicine

King, Helen (2002). Creating the world: the origins of all things in ancient Greek myth and medicine. Interdisciplinary Science Reviews, 27(4) pp. 271–277.

DOI (Digital Object Identifier) Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1179/030801802225003196
Google Scholar: Look up in Google Scholar

Abstract

In the sixth and fifth centuries BC, a series of dramatic shifts in science and the arts took place in the Greek world, and history, medicine, philosophy, and science came into being. This paper examines 'the Greek miracle', looking at how new ideas about 'the origin of all things' were rooted in traditional mythic patterns of thought. In particular, it examines how medical writers thought about the origins of the cosmos, and of disease. The multiple creations of the world present in Greek myth, where the origin of all things was seen as a process of differentiation out of original similarity, may have predisposed the Greeks to be open to the new theories of early scientific thinkers.

Item Type: Journal Article
Copyright Holders: 2002 IoM Communications Ltd
ISSN: 1743-2790
Academic Unit/Department: Arts > Classical Studies
Related URLs:
Item ID: 34253
Depositing User: Helen King
Date Deposited: 31 Aug 2012 08:32
Last Modified: 23 Oct 2012 10:50
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/34253
Share this page:

Altmetrics

Scopus Citations

Actions (login may be required)

View Item
Report issue / request change

Policies | Disclaimer

© The Open University   + 44 (0)870 333 4340   general-enquiries@open.ac.uk