Classics and Ancient History seminar: Hippocrates the Medical Revolutionary – Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Classics and Ancient History seminar: Hippocrates the Medical Revolutionary – Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Jacques-Louis David, Léonidas aux Thermopyles 1814 (Louvre). On the 2500th anniversary of the Battle of Thermopylae

Classics and Ancient History seminar: Hippocrates the Medical Revolutionary

Marguerite Heery | University of Sydney

Hippocrates the Medical Revolutionary

The concept of the human body as part of the cosmos, influenced by the supernatural, both in life and after death, was an inherent belief of ancient cultures from Mesopotamia to Egypt and Archaic Greece. Though the Classical Greek world admired the athletic body which is found in the Attic kouroi, and which was eulogised in the works of Pindar, it still regarded the human body as subject to the supernatural in life and death.

Hippocrates introduced a totally different concept of the human body. Following the principles of Ionian natural philosophy, the body was seen as an autonomous unit, complete in itself, unaffected by cosmic or supernatural forces. The principle that all things were capable of explanation from within themselves was applied to the body and its function. Meticulous examination of the body, and recording of the findings and outcomes over time, was used to develop an understanding of the natural history of the body in health and disease. This revolutionary objectification of the body, and collection of data on the natural history of disease, are our earliest written forms of the scientific investigation of man, and parallel our medical approach to the body today.

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The Department of Classics and Ancient History hosts a lively departmental research seminar series. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Where
On Zoom

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When
3 September, 4:00-5:00pm

Seminar Series convenors:
Louise Pryke and Emma Barlow
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The Department of Classics and Ancient History is part of the School of Philosophical and Historical Inquiry (SOPHI).

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image: Jacques-Louis David, Léonidas aux Thermopyles 1814 (Louvre). On the 2500th anniversary of the Battle of Thermopylae

Date

Sep 03 2020
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Time

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Cost

This event is free

Location

Online

Other Organizers

Department of Classics and Ancient History
Website
http:// sydney.edu.au/arts/classics-ancient-history 

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