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(c. 460 bce on Cos – c. 370 bce). The Greek physician Hippocrates, mentioned by Plato and Aristotle, became known primarily for an eponymous corpus of some 70 texts of highly diverse genres (including speeches and the Hippocratic Oath), diverse periods of origin (from the second half of the 5th century bce to the 1st century ce), and from an equally diverse range of medical traditions. The Corpus Hippocraticum, extant in six independent textual witnesses and in a number of papyrus fragments, led immediately to Hippocratic exegesis (Herophilus); as…

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Rütten, Thomas, “Hippocrates”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 23 January 2020 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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