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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.

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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 diVerentiation 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
Item ID: 34302
Depositing User: Helen King
Date Deposited: 18 Sep 2012 13:24
Last Modified: 23 Oct 2012 10:50
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