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Gesios

(284 words)

Author(s): Nutton, Vivian (London)
[English version] oder Gessios aus Petra (Steph. Byz. s.v. Γέα), Arzt und Lehrer, E. 5./Anf. 6. Jh. n.Chr., eng befreundet mit Aineias [3] (epist. 19; 20) und Prokopios von Gaza (epist. 38; 58; 123; 134). Er studierte Medizin in Alexandreia bei dem Juden Domnos (Suda s.v. Γέσιος) wo er als iatrosophistḗs (Lehrer der Medizin) tätig war. Obwohl Gegner des Christentums, ließ er sich auf Veranlassung des Kaisers Zenon taufen, blieb freilich bei einer spöttisch ablehnenden Haltung gegenüber seiner neuen Religion. Er beschützte in…

Antidotarium

(260 words)

Author(s): Nutton, Vivian (London)
[English version] bezeichnet urspr. Abhandlungen über Gegengifte, z. B. Gal. de antidotis, 14,1-209 (übers. u. komm. von [1, vgl. 6]) und Philumenos (hrsg. von [2]), im ma. Lat. dagegen alle Schriften, die zusammengesetzte Arzneimittel zum Gegenstand hatten. Der genaue Zeitpunkt dieses Bedeutungswandels ist unklar, da in den meisten spätant. Arzneimittelsammlungen weder Titel noch Autoren aufgeführt sind. Der früheste Beleg des Titels findet sich erst in einem Ms. aus dem 11. Jh., der sich jedoch …

Iakobos Psychrestos

(100 words)

Author(s): Nutton, Vivian (London)
[English version] Arzt, Sohn des Hesychios von Damaskos, wechselte im frühen 6. Jh. n.Chr. den Wohnsitz, um in die Arztpraxis seines Vaters in Konstantinopel einsteigen zu können. Er behandelte Kaiser Leo und wurde

Lippitudo

(162 words)

Author(s): Nutton, Vivian (London)
[English version] Durch Exsudation gekennzeichnete Augenkrankheit, die eine Vielfalt spezifischer Erkrankungen wie Trachom und Konjunktivitis umfaßt. Eine trockene Variante der l., die xerophthalmía, bei der die eiternden Augen über Nacht verkleben, ist ebenfalls beschrieben (Celsus, De medicina 6,6,29). Celsus [7] (ebd. 6,6,2) berichtet von einer Vielzahl von Salben und sonstigen Mitteln gegen die l., eine ungemein verbreitete Krankheit; dies findet Bestätigung in den zahlreichen sog. “Okulistenstempeln” für Augensalben (Kollyrion) mit der Aufschrift ‘gegen l.’ sowi…

Iatrosophistes

(208 words)

Author(s): Nutton, Vivian (London)
[English version] Urspr. Bezeichnung eines Lehrers der Medizin (v.a. in Alexandreia), konnte sich i. in späterer Zeit auf jeden erfahrenen Praktiker beziehen ( medicus sapientissimus, Corpus Glossatorum Latinorum 3,600,32 Goetz), sei es in der Schulmedizin (z.B. Agnellus, In Galeni De sectis commentarium 33) oder in der magischen Heilkunst (Ps.-Kallisthenes, Vita Alexandri 1,3) [1]. Entgegen der Emendierung durch v. Arnim in Dion Chrys. 33,6 dürfte der Begriff nicht vor dem späten 4. Jh. n.Chr. geprägt worden sein (Epi…

Akesias

(46 words)

Author(s): Nutton, Vivian (London)
[English version] (Ἀκεσίας). Griech. Arzt des 3. Jh. v. Chr. (?). Einem vorsätzlich zweideutigen Sprichwort zufolge behandelte er nur die, die am schlimmsten (Leiden oder Arzt) litten (Aristoph. Byz., Zenob. 1,52). Möglicherweise schrieb er auch über die Kochkunst (Athen. 12, 516c). Nutton, Vivian (London)

Penis

(170 words)

Author(s): Nutton, Vivian (London)
[English version] (φαλλός/ phallós, lat. mentula; zu Synonyma vgl. [1]). Um 250 v.Chr. hatte man seine Anatomie (Eichel, Hodensack und Hoden) verstanden, doch tat man sich mit der Erklärung seiner Physiologie, v.a. der Erektionsfähigkeit, schwer. Galenos (de usu partium 15,3) nannte ihn ein ‘nervenähnliches Teil’ und diskutierte in

Eryximachos

(81 words)

Author(s): Nutton, Vivian (London)
[English version] Sohn des Akumenos, athenischer Arzt und Asklepiade, 5. Jh. v.Chr. Als Freund des Sophisten Hippias (Plat. Prot. 315A) und des Phaidros (Plat. Phaidr. 268A; symp. 177A) spielt er eine beachtliche Rolle in Platons Symposion, in dem er eine lange Rede zu Ehren des Eros hält (185E-188E). Seine leicht pedantische Art erntet bei den geladenen Gästen nicht mehr als wohlwollendes Gelächter, doch finden sich im Corpus Hippocraticum zeitgenössische Parallelen zu seiner Ver…

Melancholy

(1,547 words)

Author(s): Nutton, Vivian (London) | Blamberger, Günter
Nutton, Vivian (London) [German version] I. Medicine (CT) In the 5th cent. AD, the originally Galenic notion (Galenism) that melancholy was a temperament ruled by black bile, one of the four main humours, irreversibly merged with the older notion of a specific illness by that name. In that way, black bile had come to be seen as the most dangerous bodily fluid, and melancholics seemed more than ever afflicted with all kinds of diseases. Isidorus [9] Etymologiae X 176, derived the term malus from an excess of black bile, which caused melancholics to avoid human company and mad…

Ne(i)leus

(207 words)

Author(s): Käppel, Lutz (Kiel) | Nutton, Vivian (London)
[German version] [1] Founder of Miletos (Νειλεύς/ Neileús; Νηλεύς/ Nēleús; Νείλεως/ Neíleōs). Mythical founder of the city of Miletus [2]; from Pylos; son of the Attic king Codrus, brother of Medon [5]; since he is second to his brother in the succession, he leaves Attica with a group of Athenians und Ionians from Pylos, settles the Ionian cities in Asia Minor, founds Miletus and the Milesian dynasty of rulers. His son Aepytus founds Priene (Hellanicus FGrH 125 F 10; Hdt. 9,97; Callim. Iambi fr. 191,76; Str. 14,1,3; Paus. 7,2,1ff). Käppel, Lutz (Kiel) [German version] [2] Greek surgeon a…

Stertinius

(262 words)

Author(s): Schmitt, Tassilo (Bielefeld) | Nutton, Vivian (London)
Three bearers  of the Italic gens name S. are known from the late Republic. [German version] [1] S., L. Held a pro-consular im…

Dieuches

(444 words)

Author(s): Nutton, Vivian (London) | Hidber, Thomas (Berne)
(Διεύχης; Dieúchēs). [German version] [1] Physician and author of medical texts Physician and author of medical texts in the 4th and possibly even the early 3rd cent. BC. He viewed the human body from the perspective of the four elementary qualities (Gal. 10,452), approved of bloodletting (11,163) and was positively disposed towards anatomy (11,795). He became particularly respected for his methods of treatment (Gal. 10,28; 11,795), especially because of greater care in prescribing dangerous medication (Or…

Cleophantus

(273 words)

Author(s): Beck, Hans (Cologne) | Nutton, Vivian (London)
(Κλεόφαντος; Kleóphantos). [German version] [1] Son of Themistocles and Archippe Son of  Themistocles and Archippe (Plut. Themistocles 32; Pl. Men. 93d-e), was honoured with civic rights in Lampsacus (ATL III,111-3). Davies 6669,VI. Beck, Hans (Cologne) [German version] [2] Greek physician, 3rd cent. BC Greek doctor, active c. 270-250 BC, brother of  Erasistratus, pupil of  Chrysippus [3] of Cnidus and founder of a medical school (Gal., 17A 603 K.). He wrote a paper on the medical prescription of wine, which provided the model for a similar…

Themison

(339 words)

Author(s): Beck, Hans (Cologne) | Nutton, Vivian (London)
(Θεμίσων; Themísōn). [German version] [1] Tyrant from Eretria [1], 4th cent. BC Tyrant of Eretria [1], who occupied Oropus in 366 BC with some of the town’s exiles. The people controlling the operation were based in Thebes, and assistance also came from there in order to fend off an Athenian counter-attack. After an arbitration tribunal the pólis went to the Thebans, who maintained T.’s regime (Diod. Sic. 15,76,1; Dem. Or. 18,99; Xen. Hell. 7,4,1). Beck, Hans (Cologne) Bibliography J. Buckler, The Theban Hegemony, 1980, 193 f. [German version] [2] Th. from Laodicea Greek doctor, …

Philistion

(546 words)

Author(s): Nutton, Vivian (London) | Furley, William D. (Heidelberg)
(Φιλιστίων; Philistíōn). [German version] [1] P. of Locri Greek physici…

Alcon

(290 words)

Author(s): Graf, Fritz (Columbus, OH) | Nutton, Vivian (London)
(Ἄλκων; Álkōn). [German version] [1] Figure of Greek myth: son of Erechtheus Son of Erechtheus, who fled to Chalcis. Father of Chalciope (Proxenus FGrH 425 F 2), or son of the Euboean hero Abas (Ephorus F 33). He sends his son Phalerus, who in Phalerum is venerated as a hero, along on an Argonaut journey (Apoll. Rhod. 1,95; Hyg. Fab. 14); according to Orph. Arg. 144 Phaleros comes instead from Mysia and founds the Thessalian city of Gyrton. Graf, Fritz (Columbus, OH) [German version] [2] Figure of Greek myth: son of Hippocoon of Amyklai Son of Hippocoon of Amyclae (…

Decimius

(225 words)

Author(s): Elvers, Karl-Ludwig (Bochum) | Nutton, Vivian (London)
Roman family name, whose older and inscriptional form is Decumus (Schulze, 159), derived from  Decimus. Historic bearers of the name are documented since the 2nd half of the 2nd cent. BC. [German version] [1] D., C. Legate in Egypt 168 BC Legate in Crete in 171 BC, praetor peregrinus in 169, legate in Egypt in 168. Elvers, Karl-Ludwig (Bochum) [German version] [2] D., Num. Leader of allies in the war against Hannibal 217 BC from Bovianum in Samnium; in 217, he brought timely help with a contingent of allies to the magister equitum Q. Minucius who was under heavy pressure from Hannibal …

Archagathus

(345 words)

Author(s): Meister, Klaus (Berlin) | Nutton, Vivian (London)
(Ἀρχάγαθος; Archágathos). [German version] [1] Son of Agathocles [2] (end of the 4th cent. BC) Before his return to Sicily in 308/7 BC  Agathocles [2] gave the command of the African troops to his eldest son A. despite his poor military ability. Since the latter fragmented the invasion army, the Carthaginians soon achieved significant successes and encircled A. in Tunes (Diod. Sic. 20,57-61). Even Agathocles could not reverse the situation in Africa after his return and fled to Sicily while abandoning the army. Therefore, embittered soldiers killed A. (Diod. Sic. 20,68). Meister, Klau…

Dogmatists

(632 words)

Author(s): Frede, Michael (Oxford) | Nutton, Vivian (London)
[German version] [1] Philosophers Originally a sceptical expression to designate those who adopt as their own a view ( dógma; cf. S. Emp. P.H. 1,13) ─ especially a philosophical or scientific view ─ which, in sceptical thinking, cannot be justified let alone proven (S. Emp. P.H. 1,3). Also applied by the Pyrrhonians in an extended sense to those Academicians who adopted views such as that nothing can be known (cf. the ἰδίως/ idíōs in S. Emp., ibid.). Because of the close link between empiricism and Scepticism in medicine, the term ‘Dogmatists’ was often also applied…

Onasander

(561 words)

Author(s): Nutton, Vivian (London) | Schneider, Helmuth (Kassel)
(Ονάσανδρος; Onásandros). [German version] [1] Physician on Cos, c. 250 BC Public physician of Cos in c. 250 BC. As a resident of Cos without citizens' rights, he apprenticed with a public physician ( archiatrós ) in Halasarna, became his assistant and followed him to Cos when he was chosen public doctor there. There he opened his own practice but continued to treat his old patients from Halasarna, at times for nothing. The inscription documenting his career is one of the most informative ones about physicians to survive from antiquity. Nutton, Vivian (London) Bibliography  R. Herzog, Dec…
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