Brill’s New Pauly Supplements II - Volume 7 : Figures of Antiquity and their Reception in Art, Literature and Music

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Hippocrates
(2,930 words)

(Ἱπποκράτης/Hippokrátēs; Latin Hippocrates)

A. Historical dimension

H. of Cos (c. 460–370 BC) is the most famous physician of Antiquity. Little is known for certain of his life because contemporary sources are lacking. He belonged to a medical family that claimed descent from the Greek god of healing, Asclepius, and distanced itself sometimes vociferously from the priests and magical healers of the time. The specific features of his therapeutic method were his holistic perspective (Pl. Phdr. 270 c–e;) and the attention he paid to the patient as an individual [22.226]. He was said…

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Schröder, Berenike, “Hippocrates”, in: Brill’s New Pauly Supplements II - Volume 7 : Figures of Antiquity and their Reception in Art, Literature and Music, English edition by Chad M. Schroeder (2016). Original German-language edition: Historische Gestalten der Antike: Rezeption in Literatur, Kunst und Musik. Herausgegeben von Peter von Möllendorf, Annette Simonis und Linda Simonis. Serie: Der Neue Pauly Supplemente 2. Staffel, herausgegeben von Manfred Landfester und Helmuth Schneider, vol. 7. Stuttgart, Germany. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH (2013). Consulted online on 20 May 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2468-3418_bnps7_SIM_004648>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20160217



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