A1 Journal article – refereed

«Why do massages produce flesh?». A case of textual reuse in the Aristotelian Natural Problems.

List of Authors: Michiel Meeusen

Publication year: 2020

Journal: TECHNAI An International Journal for Ancient Science and Technology

Volume number: 37

Issue number: 3

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.19272/202010501013


The link between Aristotelian natural philosophy and ancient medical
theory (including, but not restricted to, Hippocratic medicine) is traceable
throughout the thirty-eight ‘books’ that constitute the Problems. Structurally, the
concentration of medical topics is highest in the initial Problems sections (Pr. 1-11)
and the final eight (Pr. 31-38). The final sections often reiterate chapters from
earlier sections (particularly Pr. 1-11) and are therefore seminal to our understanding
of how medicine is dealt with in the Problems as a whole. The chapters
on massage treated in book 37 will be of specific interest here, and more precisely
how some of their contents recur in previous sections and what this may tell us
about the redaction process of the Problems as a whole. The analysis comes in the
form of a case-study of Pr. 37.3, which asks « Why do massages produce flesh ? ».
Keywords · Aristotle, Lyceum, Problems, Massage, Health, Diocles of Carystus,
Redaction Process.

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